Meet Amina the Mechanic Challenging 'Shame Culture' in Lebanon

Published March 11th, 2019 - 08:07 GMT

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Words by Sally Shakkour

Culture of shame is an issue which has been running for years in the Arab world. However, the young generation is trying to defeat that phenomenon via several ways.

Amina is a Lebanese girl who has been working as a car repear 'mechanic' for the last 10 years. She insists this job has been her dream since she was a little girl, facing all cultural stereotypes about women and women's abilities. Continue reading below »

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Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for 10 years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job.
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Image 1 of 8:  1 / 8Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for 10 years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job. JOSEPH EID / AFP

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Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for 10 years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job.
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Image 2 of 8:  2 / 8Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for 10 years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job. JOSEPH EID / AFP

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Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for 10 years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job.
JOSEPH EID / AFP
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Image 3 of 8:  3 / 8Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for 10 years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job. JOSEPH EID / AFP

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Amina repairs a motorbike's flat tyre at a tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for ten years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job.
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Image 4 of 8:  4 / 8Amina repairs a motorbike's flat tyre at a tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for ten years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job. JOSEPH EID / AFP

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Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for 10 years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job.
JOSEPH EID / AFP
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Image 5 of 8:  5 / 8Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for 10 years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job. JOSEPH EID / AFP

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Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for 10 years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job.
JOSEPH EID / AFP
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Image 6 of 8:  6 / 8Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for 10 years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job. JOSEPH EID / AFP

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Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repairshop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for ten years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it a fulfilement as she always dreamt of doing that job.
JOSEPH EID / AFP
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Image 7 of 8:  7 / 8Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repairshop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for ten years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it a fulfilement as she always dreamt of doing that job. JOSEPH EID / AFP

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Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for 10 years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job.
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Image 8 of 8:  8 / 8Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for 10 years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job. JOSEPH EID / AFP

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Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for 10 years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job.
JOSEPH EID / AFP

Image 1 of 8Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for 10 years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job. JOSEPH EID / AFP

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Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for 10 years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job.
JOSEPH EID / AFP

Image 2 of 8Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for 10 years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job. JOSEPH EID / AFP

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Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for 10 years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job.
JOSEPH EID / AFP

Image 3 of 8Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for 10 years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job. JOSEPH EID / AFP

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Amina repairs a motorbike's flat tyre at a tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for ten years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job.
JOSEPH EID / AFP

Image 4 of 8Amina repairs a motorbike's flat tyre at a tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for ten years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job. JOSEPH EID / AFP

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Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for 10 years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job.
JOSEPH EID / AFP

Image 5 of 8Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for 10 years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job. JOSEPH EID / AFP

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Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for 10 years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job.
JOSEPH EID / AFP

Image 6 of 8Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for 10 years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job. JOSEPH EID / AFP

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Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repairshop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for ten years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it a fulfilement as she always dreamt of doing that job.
JOSEPH EID / AFP

Image 7 of 8Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repairshop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for ten years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it a fulfilement as she always dreamt of doing that job. JOSEPH EID / AFP

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Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for 10 years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job.
JOSEPH EID / AFP

Image 8 of 8Amina repairs a flat tyre at a car tyre's repair shop in Beirut on March 8, 2019. Amina has been working for 10 years in mechanics, specially in the tyres repair business. She considers it fulfilling as she always dreamt of doing that job. JOSEPH EID / AFP

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