Sacked after belly dancing video goes viral, Egyptian teacher gets new job after uproar

Hailing from the city of Mansoura, Aya Youssef was filmed belly dancing by a colleague without her permission as she went on a trip for teachers on the Nile cruise in Cairo.

After the video went viral on social media, Youssef was fired from her job and also divorced her husband. Image Courtesy: YouTube

An Egyptian teacher’s belly dancing video on a Nile cruise has gone viral on social media, sparking debate over women’s rights in the country.

Hailing from the city of Mansoura, Aya Youssef was filmed belly dancing by a colleague without her permission as she went on a trip for teachers on the Nile cruise in Cairo.

After the video went viral on social media, Youssef was fired from her job and also divorced her husband. In the footage, the female teacher is seen wearing a smock with pants and a headscarf while dancing to music with her male teaching staff.

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According to a report by Independent Egypt, Youssef said her life was destroyed because of the video, adding that an unscrupulous person tried to tarnish her reputation by bringing the camera closer to her and showing her in a negative way. “I lost my job, my husband, my house and my mother got sick,” Youssef said, adding that his family was extremely affected by the video.

An Arabic teacher with several years of experience, Youssef was sacked from her post at a primary school in the governorate of Dakahlia in the Nile Delta.

According to a BBC report, Ms Youssef’s video was criticized by Egyptian conservatives who claimed she had acted in a disgraceful manner. A Twitter user wrote that since she got married she shouldn’t dance with other men while another user said education has reached a low level in the country.

After the primary school teacher’s ordeal was exposed, the director of the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights, Dr Nihad Abu Qusman, helped her file a complaint against her unfair dismissal.

The Daqahlia Directorate of Education also intervened in the case and helped Youssef get a job as an Arabic language teacher in one of Mansoura’s experimental language schools.

Youssef said she was grateful to everyone who supported her during these difficult times and that the Education Directorate’s decision to help her return to work helped her regain some of her dignity. .

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