The captain was several miles away when the news broke that the large cargo ship was stuck on the Suez Canal. Despite this, she was accused of the incident on social media.
Wrote that when the giant cargo ship “Ever Given” was trapped in the Suez Canal, Egypt’s first female captain, Marwa Elselehdar (29 years old), was accused.
The 29-year-old man himself is a few miles away. When she discovered the rumor that she was the ship trapped in the canal, she was on the “Ada IV” near Alexandria, Egypt.
Elselehdar told the BBC: “I was shocked.”
Rumors are said to have started when manipulable images with false news headlines began to spread. This photo appears to be from an article published by Arab News that claimed that the young captain was involved in the incident.
In a short period of time, it was shared by thousands of people on Twitter and Facebook.
In addition to the manipulated images, some fake Twitter profiles were created under the name of Elselehdar. There, some people claimed that she was the culprit in the incident.
The 29-year-old told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that she still doesn’t know who made the rumor in the first place. However, she believes that in a long-term male-dominated environment, this has something to do with her status as a successful female captain.Number from International Maritime Organization (IMO) Women account for 2% of the world’s seafarers.
-I think I might be an easy target because I am both successful and a woman in the industry, or because I am Egyptian, but I am not sure, she said.
When Elselehdar first applied to the Arab Institute of Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT), women were initially not allowed to apply. However, then President Hosni Mubarak agreed to the 29-year-old’s request for captain training.
Therefore, the BBC wrote that Elselehdar became the first Egyptian female soldier to leave the academy.
The captain said: “People in the communities here still don’t accept the idea that girls work at sea and stay away from home and family for a long time.”
Elselehdar is already a student, and as a woman in a historically male-dominated environment, she has understood these challenges.