Salwa Srour Fadel. Kinder­garten owner and school bus driver

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - WOMAN -

“I started driv­ing the bus four years ago be­cause I re­ceived com­plaints from the chil­dren’s fam­i­lies about the driv­ers I used to em­ploy. So I bought a bus and started to pick up the chil­dren my­self. It was chal­leng­ing in the be­gin­ning be­cause peo­ple were sur- prised. They stared at me or raised their eye­brows, but I just ig­nored them and car­ried on driv­ing. Pales­tinian men of­ten seem stub­born and ap­pear not to un­der­stand, but ac­tu­ally they are al­ways help­ful and sup­port­ive. As I was the only fe­male bus driver in Gaza they would let me go to the front of the queue when I was buy­ing diesel, out of re­spect, be­cause I’m a woman.”

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