Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2004
Better Life Association for Comprehensive Development
This description of Maher Bushra's work was prepared when Maher Bushra was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
The millions of people working in Egypt’s informal economy face high occupational risks and low standards of legal protection. In the informal sector, health insurance, job security, and basic rights are both vitally important and very rare. The dangerous, grueling work of the country’s more than 200,000 quarry workers makes their need particularly great. Maher Bushra fights to establish legal, social and economic protections for these neglected workers as a first step toward guaranteeing basic rights to all the workers of his country’s informal economy.
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