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Sima Diab | She as He

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Country of origin: Egypt
Project location: Egypt
Program: Arab Documentary Photography Program
Year: 2015

This is about Nadia, who at one time in her life dressed as a boy, because passing as a boy would grant her more freedom in society.

Nadia couldn’t use her real name because by doing so she would be publicly shamed.

While Egypt gives women equal rights by law, the society and specifically the family, impose their own rules on girls, believing it preserves female dignity.

Nadia’s story is unique and helps tell the story of the lengths that some girls and women will go to bypass the limitations of their female form in public.