After a sustained campaign, stewardesses with the Egypt Air, country's national airline have been allowed to sport hijab while on duty. For the first time in the history of airline, stewardesses would wear the headgear, which was banned by Hosni Mubarak's government.
MORE THAN anyone else, the end of decades-old autocratic rule of Hosni Mubarak has come as a delight to young women working as stewardesses in Egypt Air airlines. This is for the first time that these women have been allowed to don hijab (headscarf) while on duty, denied under Mubarak’s rule.
The headscarf that many (mostly westerners) find a symbol of subordination is a veil of respect for others in the world and there are many girls who feel proud to wear it at all times. This, however was not the case in Mubarak's era. The headgear was strictly restricted for women working with national television or the airlines so that they project a ‘liberal’ view to the world.
President Mohamed Morsi always said that he would follow secular-minded rules and not impose strict Islamic rules over his nation. After his elections, women in television and Egypt Air campaigned for the end of restriction on hijab for women working with the government. In September the cabin crew also went on a strike and eventually the agreement took place. Since 1932, the year when the national airline was founded, this is the first time that airhostesses would be seen with headgear.
As was reported by ndtv.com, a foreign company has been employed to make the headgears. The contract is of 250 hijabs out of a total 900 stewardesses as that is the number of women who voluntarily want to wear headscarf to their workplace. It was a lady anchor, who was the first one to sport a hijab in September in Egypt.