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Ruqaia from Egypt: Adult learning was my ticket to life

Ruqaia, 40, is from a rural, tribal community in Egypt, where girls are expected to get married in early adolescence and devote their lives to raising children. Education is not considered ‘fit’ for women and girls, who have little agency over their lives with regards to when they marry or have children.

Ruqaia saw many challenges in her society – early marriage, maternal mortality, poverty and lack of freedom of speech for women, She viewed education of women and girls as key to solving these problems.

Read our story to learn more about Ruqaia’s learning journey!