Final Up to date: September 12, 2022, 18:46 IST
A Palestinian lady has realised her dream of changing into a chef within the male-dominated Gaza Strip because of a brand new eatery the place she heads an all-female workers taking care of an all-female clientele.
Opened final month and providing mild meals like rooster sandwiches and pizza, “Sabaia VIP” has been doing brisk enterprise in a conservative and congested enclave the place some ladies complain of missing non-public and secure leisure venues.
The chef, Amena Al-Hayek, skilled at a lodge restaurant the place she labored without cost. Though there have been openings there for brand spanking new cooks, she was by no means thought-about.
“The administration rejected (me). They stated they needed a male chef, not a feminine,” Hayek advised Reuters.
Sabaia means “Lasses” in Arabic, a playful alternative of phrases for a clientele made up of ladies of all ages – and no males.
“The concept stemmed from our have to have one thing non-public, the place we will get pleasure from our independence and our privateness, a spot just for ladies,” stated the proprietor, Reham Hamouda.
Hamouda employs eight ladies on workers and others who put together meals from their properties. That gives much-needed earnings in Gaza, the place unemployment hovers round 50%.
“We proved to the world that we had been in a position to open a restaurant and succeed with out a man’s supervision,” stated Hayek.