Marwa Elselehdar Wiki – Marwa Elselehdar Biography
Marwa Elselehdar is the first Egyptian female ship captain. Elselehdar says she was wrongly blamed for the Suez Canal debacle, which occurred while she was on a different vessel hundreds of miles away.
She graduated from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport in 2013, as the first female graduate of the Department of Maritime Transport and Technology. She also has a Masters in Business Administration from Cardiff Metropolitan University.
She will take her final exam to attain the rank of Captain in May 2021.
She became Egypt’s first female ship captain when she captained the first vessel through the expanded Suez Canal in 2015, the Aida IV, and became the youngest and first Egyptian female captain to do so.
She was honored by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in 2017 during Egypt’s Women’s Day celebrations.
Marwa Elselehdar Age
Marwa Elselehdar is 29 years old.
Ship’s captain blamed for blocking the Suez Canal despite being 370 km away
Egypt’s first female captain was blamed by trolls for blocking the Suez Canal – despite being on a different boat hundreds of kilometers away.
Marwa Elselehdar was working as a first mate in command of the Aida IV in Alexandria when the Ever Given became wedged in the canal, bringing the major shipping route to a halt. But online rumours and fake news headlines spread the falsehood that she had caused the container ship to run aground in Suez.
Rumours about her role on the Ever Given were largely spurred by screenshots of a fake news headline – supposedly published by Arab News – which said she was involved in the Suez incident.
The doctored image appears to be from a genuine Arab News story, released on 22 March, which profiles Marwa’s success as Egypt’s first female ship captain. The picture has been shared dozens of times on Twitter and Facebook. Several Twitter accounts under her name have also spread false claims that she was in involved with the Ever Given.
The 29-year-old said: “I felt that I might be targeted maybe because I’m a successful female in this field or because I’m Egyptian, but I’m not sure”
“This fake article was in English so it spread in other countries.”
“The comments on the article were very negative and harsh but there were so many other supportive comments from ordinary people and people I work with.”
“I decided to focus on all the support and love I’m getting, and my anger turned to gratefulness.”
She added: “Also, it is worth mentioning that I became even more famous than before.”
Marwa says she’s always loved the sea, and was inspired to join the merchant navy after her brother enrolled at the Arab Academy for Science Technology & Maritime Transport (AASTMT).
Though the academy only accepted men at the time, she applied anyway and was granted permission to join after a legal review by Egypt’s then-President Hosni Mubarak.
During her studies, Ms Elselehdar says she faced sexism at every turn.
“Onboard, they were all older men with different mentalities, so it was difficult not to be able to find like-minded people to communicate with.
“It was challenging to go through this alone and be able to overcome it without affecting my mental health.”
She added: “People in our society still don’t accept the idea of girls working in the sea away from their families for a long time, but when you do what you love, it is not necessary for you to seek the approval of everyone.”