Meet the female barber
challenging norms in southern Iraq
Um Zeinab believes she is the first woman
to make a living cutting men’s hair
in Babylon province
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HAIRDRESSER, UM ZEINAB, SAYING:
"My work here is to cut men's hair. I came here and had training, the salon owner Sadiq taught me how to cut hair, how to clean the skin. When I started, customers found it weird, a woman working in a men's hair salon. So, in the beginning it was hard, and I was a little scared.
Um Zeinab offers services
like tattooing, and skin care treatments
Despite a rough start
she now has regular clients
and has made her children proud
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UM ZEINAB'S DAUGHTER, MARIAM, SAYING:
"My mother's work is great, she goes out in the morning to cover our needs and I am proud of her. When I grow up I want to be like her, a hairdresser, and open a big salon."