UN photo exhibition selects two Syrians, Safaa Nawfal and Ruba Zarqa, on International Workers’ Day

Geneva, SANA-On the occasion of the International Workers’ Day, the United Nations Office at Geneva organized virtual photo exhibition entitled “Not a Woman’s Job?”, for which it chose several working women in order to recognize and support them, among them two Syrians, engineer Safaa Nawfal and the International football referee, Ruba Zarqa, as a model of the Syrian working women who work with men in the hardest professions which are exclusive to men.

The office posted on its Facebook page a photo for Nawfal while she was repairing the electrical grid lines, saying that “Safaa, a graduate of the College of Electrical Engineering , who works at the General Electricity Company of Homs, despite the difficulty and danger of working in this  field, she insists on repairing the electrical grid lines devastated by the war .

“In her conversation , Safaa emphasizes the ability and productivity of the Syrian woman in various fields, despite the traditional views  about professions which are exclusive to men”, the office added.

The office also posted a photo of the Syrian International Football Referee, Ruba Zarqa, saying “This is the first Asian woman who got two international badges in soccer and futsal. she was a member of women’s national football team and became a referee later. In 2017 she was awarded an international referee badge from the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA).

It pointed out that the photos showed at the exhibition are presented by UN permanent missions and permanent observers offices in Geneva to recognize women in their countries who have contributed to breaking down the traditional stereotypes  and proved that all professions are available for all men and women alike.

Baraa Ali / Shaza Qriema

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