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Egypt's first female minister dies at 96

Hekmat Abu Zeid, former minister of social affairs ('62) was the second female in the Arab world to hold a ministerial post

Ahram Online, Sunday 31 Jul 2011
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Egypt’s first female minister, Hekmat Abu Zeid, died Saturday evening at the age of 96.

Abu Zeid became Egypt’s first female member of cabinet when President Gamal Abdel Nasser appointed her as miniser of social affairs in 1962.

She had been suffering from ill health for a long time and was admitted to the hospital in November 2010.

Abuz Zaid was born in 1922 in the village of El Sheikh Dawoud in the governorate of Assiout and became the second woman in the Arab world to hold a ministerial post.

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