“One hit below the belt is enough. My job is to protect women and that’s it.”
Naglaa Mohammed, 41, takes her job as a personal bodyguard seriously. “At home I keep my femininity, but with my job, people have to respect and fear me with the way I look,” she in an interview with the Egypt-based news site Aswat Masirya. “They have to know that I am a female bodyguard, not just a woman.” In news organization’s profile, Mohammed explains that she was hired by a friend to protect her from sexual harassment in public places – a common problem in Egypt, as 99.3 percent of Egyptian women have reported being harassed, according to a United Nations report – and has since made the duty her career. The women she protects are Egyptian or “Gulf women who are holidaying” who prefer a woman companion to serve as protection. While on the job, she wears a pressed uniform and baseball cap.
Mohammed is contracted with a company that trains women in self-defense and martial arts, filling a gap where women could serve a security forces in places frequented by Egyptian women, like shopping centers and hotels. She said she has only had to initiate physical contact once, when a man harassed her daughter – who hopes to follow in her mother’s footsteps, Mohammed said.
Read the full story at Aswat Masirya.