Somali women engineers find success amid building boom

Mogadishu (AFP) – Women engineers are finding success in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, where security improvements and business growth have spurred a construction boom in recent years. Often supervising male labourers twice her age, civil engineer Faduma Mohamed Ali is hard at work. “I was the only female student in my university class,” she says. Women make up less than one third of the workforce in Somalia, but many are trying to break conservative barriers in the east African country.


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