It was not until this month (February 2017) that Egypt got its first female governor in Nadia Ahmed Abdou Saleh. The most populous north African nation had at no other time chose a woman to fill in as governor. The highest women got politically was the deputy governor post.
Here are some things you should know about record-setting Nadia Ahmed Abdou Saleh:
1. She was appointed a governor of the Baheira Governorate located in the Nile Delta in the country’s far north. Governors are appointed by the President – in this case, President Abdel Fatteh Al-Sisi.
2. She previously held the post of deputy governor in 2013 – she was appointed for her role in development and innovation.
3. A product of the Alexandria University, Nadia graduated from the faculty of Engineering and Chemistry in 1965. She also holds a masters in Health Engineering from the same institution.
4. For a decade (2002 – 2012) she was head of the country’s Holding Company for Water and Wastewater.
5. Her political career started 7 years ago when she won a parliamentary seat on the ticket of the now-defunct National Democratic Party (NDP).
6. Her party was dissolved a year after she joined. The NDP were implicated in issues relating to poll rigging, it led to the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak’s regime.
7. She founded the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA) and is a member of the World Water Council.
8. She has two sons who took after her academically – both graduates of the same faculty.
9. Her Governorate holds great religious significance as it is home to a number of the most important Coptic monasteries in one of its cities, Wadi El Natrun