Sesa Abou Douh
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Egyptian woman's life as a man

A woman in Egypt has been dressing as a man for 42 years in order to earn money for her family.

Sesa Abou Douh's husband died while she was pregnant.

Where Sesa lives in rural Upper Egypt, traditional gender roles meant it was easier for her to find work as a man.

She recently received an award for her dedication to her family.

Now 64 and still shining shoes, Sesa Abou Douh told BBC News about how she disguised herself to make ends meet.

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