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Here’s a look at the most inspiring Egyptian women of 2023

Egyptian women have made historic and unique global achievements this year, serving as models of inspiration in sports, science, social and cultural fields.

Sarah Shendy

Sarah Shendy obtained a bachelor’s degree in law and justice from the University of Kent, after which she joined the Police Academy in America with the aim of becoming an officer.

She was appointed as a training officer at Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy.

On May 24, Shendy made history by being sworn in as a member of the Case Western Reserve University Police – becoming the first Egyptian police sergeant in the state of Ohio.


Hana Goda

Emerging table tennis champion in Africa Hana Goda, the youngest in the African continent, reached the final match in the 2021 African Table Tennis Championship when she was only 13-years-old.

She repeated her brilliance last year, winning the gold medal as part of the women’s national team in the Mediterranean Games.

In September, Goda won the Women’s Singles Championship in the African Table Tennis Championship – opening the door for her to participate in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

She also ranked second in the Girls’ Singles under 17 years in the International Table Tennis Federation, and came in 31st in the Women’s Singles according to the classification issued in October.


Reem Asaad

Reem Asaad ranked amongst the 100 most powerful businesswomen in the Middle East and North Africa in 2023.

Her professional history covers over 25 years, and she currently holds the position of Senior Vice President of Cisco in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa.

Asaad also holds Supervisory responsibilities in 74 countries.

She was appointed by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology to be part of the Egyptian Board of Directors of the Information Technology Industry Development Authority (ITIDA).

Additionally, Asaad was selected by Forbes magazine as one of the most significant businesswomen in the Middle East and North Africa for 2023.


Sara Samir

In 2016, Sara Samir, then 24-years-old, succeeded in winning the bronze medal in the 69 kg category during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, becoming the first Arab woman ever to do so in the history of weightlifting.

Samir also won the gold medal in the women’s 76 kilogram category at the International Weightlifting Federation World Championships in 2022 and 2023, which were held in Colombia and Saudi Arabia respectively.

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