Gaza women enter new line of work: Table service (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Elior Levy Published: 05.02.12, 14:46)
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More and more Gaza women are becoming waitresses, breaking into line
of work dominated by men
Restaurants located along Gaza´s beaches have become the site of a
new trend in recent months – women getting jobs in table service, a
field of work long dominated by men.
Gaza women first began waiting tables when Hamas came into power, but
the phenomenon has been gaining traction this year ahead of the busy
Ranad Al-Ez, who works at a restaurant called Al-Salam, said that her
customers are still surprised to see a woman waiting on them, but she
does not let that throw her off.
"I try not to focus on the stares and comments made by stupid
people," said Al-Ez, who has a degree in hotel management and has
previously worked as a waitress at women-only events. "I am certain
that I chose the right profession. It´s not easy, but I hope that
with time people will get used to it."
´Morons mock me´
Asmahan Nasser, a resident of the Shati refugee camp, has gotten a
job as a waitress at the luxurious beachside Aldeira hotel four
months ago in order to help her family.
Nasser, who intends to get a degree in tourism studies at Gaza
College, considers her work a long-term career path as well. She
expressed hope that by the time she finishes her studies, people will
treat women who wait tables better.
"Some morons who are surprised to see me serving them food and drinks
mock me," she said. "Once, a woman refused to take the drink I served
her. She stormed out of the restaurant in protest against my
The belief that the new line of work is inappropriate for women and
goes against tradition is a major contributor to the derisive
But employers said they view the development as positive. Alderia
Manager Samir Skaik said that the integration of women in the
hospitality and tourism is meant to improve service and make more
professional. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/02/12)
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