Twice a week in a small gym room in the Egyptian city of Beni Suef, 36-year-old Sabah Saqr coaches young men and boys to box.
A woman coaching men may not be that unusual in the capital, but in Beni Suef, which lies 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of Cairo in an agricultural area, tradition often limits women’s roles.
“I started boxing by accident,” said Saqr, who was spotted by a coach impressed by her strength and energy. “I didn’t used to like it because I was worried about my face, about being hit.”
Yet Saqr began to do well, winning several championships and more than 10 medals before starting to coach two years ago.