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Rawsha's childhood dream came true

  • 2020-06-13
Rawsha's childhood dream came true
Duhok, Rawsha Chuqi, an Ezidi woman, who resides in Ba’dri sub-district, has opened a health center for men and women. Photo: Ammar Aziz
Ammar Aziz

My name is Rawsha Juqi Merza and I am 30 years old.  It has been a year and two months since I have opened a gym for women and men, which was my childhood dream.

I live in Baadri sub-district in Duhok and graduated from an institute. I am a science teacher in a school and a mother of three children. I named my gym after my daughter’s name; Julinar.

Exercising has been my childhood hobby, which I have never stopped. I eventually thought that there was not a gym in Baadri, in particular for women. I decided to open it myself.

When I opened the gym, I achieved two goals: now women are able to come out of their home and have the opportunity to exercise, and the gym is a profession and a source of income for me.

There is a book shelf at the gym as well as a small place allocated to children to play. Likewise, women and men are allocated specific time to  come to the gym during the day.

I faced several challenges, while opening the gym; however, I did not listen to what people said and many family was also supportive. I have a plan to expand my business.


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