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Lebanese women pump gas for equality

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From the outside, the Queens gas station in the city of Sidon, south of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, looks like your typical station, providing all the regular services.

The only difference is that it is operated entirely by women.

Dressed in pink sweaters and jeans, with some wearing headscarves, the young women greet customers as they fill up tanks.

At least a dozen women are employed at the station, and the popularity for this particular niche service is growing.

A manager of the station, Samar Dakdouk, said the idea came from an investor who owns several businesses in the city.

''We felt that the idea was nice and we have increased the number of girls working, and because we support women and we know that in this society the men reign, we wanted to show we support the idea of equality, and the service here is very good, and we run everything from the gas station to the supermarket and the car was,” she said.

The owner of the station hopes the concept helps the status of women in Lebanese society. One worker says that some people may find it odd to see women working in a traditionally male job, but that their demands for equality are a legitimate goal.

Speaker:

Samar Dakdouk - manager of Queens gas station