Woman invades male territory in Riyadh

A woman washes the cars.

A woman washes the cars.

The job of washing cars is generally considered a male profession. However, poverty has forced a woman in her twenties to invade this territory.

Fatma, who lives in a neighborhood in southern Riyadh, washes cars in the street using a towel, a bucket of water and detergent, local media has reported.

As she washes the cars, she asks the driver to pay her a small amount of cash in return. She wakes up early in the morning, eager to achieve the highest possible income, and heads to car parking lots in front of large commercial centers as her work location. There, Fatma sets her own working and resting times with no conflict or instructions from any supervisor.

However, the hot sun, heat, dust and car exhaust fumes are not easy to deal with, let alone the strange looks by passers-by, who obviously are surprised by the unusual scene. Nonetheless, all these challenges have not prevented Fatma from returning to work every day, and the monopoly of male car washers who try to prevent her from doing this job.


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