(8 Mar 2016) EGYPT GIRLS CAFE
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Alexandria, Egypt - 13 January 2016
1. People walking with black banner of coffee shop in background reading (Arabic): "Girls' cafe"
2. Various of exterior of girls' cafe
3. Women walking through door
4. Women walking up stairs inside cafe
5. Pan of cafe and female customers sitting inside
6. Name of cafe on table reading (Arabic): "Girls' cafe"
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Sonia Abdelrahman, coffee shop owner:
"Actually, I got the idea for a girls' coffee shop after the changes happening in the country and the widespread verbal and sexual harassment in our society. So, I thought that it would be a great idea to open a place where women can feel safe, and stay away from harassment (by men)."
8. Pan of cafe and female customers inside
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Sonia Abdelrahman, coffee shop owner:
"I got the idea two years ago, actually. I was hesitating whether to start it or not, until just two months ago I decided to open the coffee shop. I was completely obsessed with the idea, it controlled my brain, and finally I made it come true. It took me about two months to prepare the place. I've done almost everything in here by myself."
10. Various of waitress taking order from customers
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Randa El Ghandour, customer:
"At least this place is somewhere where everyone can sit inside and feel free. A woman wearing a niqab may take off her veil and girls can have fun and laugh without being worried about criticism (from men). One usually goes out to enjoy and to be happy. Usually, when girls go out and spend time in an ordinary coffee shop, they get criticised."
12. Various of waitress making coffee
13. Various of Toqa Mahmoud (orange scarf) with friends and family inside cafe
14. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Toqa Mahmoud, customer:
"I saw the coffee shop advertised on Facebook and I invited my friends to the page and we decided to come to the coffee shop."
15. Various of waitress making coffees and taking them to customers
16. Focus pull of women inside cafe
17. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Sonia Abdelrahman, coffee shop owner:
"As the coffee shop is for girls only, the staff are females only too. My business partner is a woman, the waitress is a girl, so everyone in the place is a female."
18. High angle view of woman on mobile phone sitting at table
19. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Sonia Abdelrahman, coffee shop owner:
"Well, what I am thinking about now is how can I develop the coffee shop and keep up the success. And now, I'm considering opening another branch."
20. Various of customers inside cafe
It is a place where Egyptian women can take off their veils, laugh and relax with their friends.
They come here to escape harassment by men on the streets.
The first girls-only cafe, which has just opened in Egypt's northern port city of Alexandria is already proving to be a success.
A black banner on a street corner in downtown Alexandria is showing passers by the way to the "Girls' Cafe", a women-only coffee shop.
It has only been a few days since it opened to public, but the place is already filling up with female customers.
Women of different ages come here to have a drink and a cake.
They feel much more at ease here than in other cafes attended by men.
The owner of the coffee shop, Sonia Abdelrahman, or Susan as she prefers to be called by her friends, who is also a research manager at Alexandria University, explains how she came up with the idea for her business.
She says she thought of it two years ago but only now decided to make it reality.
Women who come to the coffee shop say they like the idea because they can feel safe and free in here.
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