She said: ‘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.’
She rose to the rank of first mate and captained the Aida IV when it became the first vessel to cross the Suez Canal after it was expanded in 2015, also becoming the youngest and first female Egyptian captain to navigate the waterway.
When the rumours spread about her involvement in the Ever Given crisis, she said she feared it would undo all the hard work she has put in.
She rose to the rank of first mate and captained the Aida IV when it became the first vessel to cross the Suez Canal after it was expanded in 2015
Despite the many negative comments on the articles, she says some of the responses were encouraging.
She said: ‘I tried so hard to negate what was in the article because it was affecting my reputation and all the efforts I exerted to be where I am now.’
Marwa will taken her final exam next month to gain the full rank of captain and she hopes to continue to inspire women.
In 2017, she was honoured by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to mark Egypt’s Women’s Day.
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