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A story worth reading....

Hi,

I need to tell my story, i know it may not be important for anyone to read it but I just feel i want to take it out of my chest to be distributed on a big scale....

Will I find someone to read it if I publish it specially if it includes Multinational Companies bad attitude along with my local company here in Egypt....

Hope I get at least one person to tell my story....

regards

Reem Zaghloul from Egypt

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Kim Crane's picture

Eagerly awaiting your story!

Hi Reem, I'm glad you have found World Pulse—a welcoming global community of women change leaders and supportive male allies. This community has many women like you, with burning stories to tell, and many others with open ears ready to listen. I hope you will share your story with this community in your journal here on PulseWire. If you have a story or solution related to the topic of gender-based violence, I encourage you to submit to our Ending Violence Against Women Digital Action Campaign following the submission guidelines. We will be accepting submissions through December 10 and will be delivering these stories to UN Commission on the Status of Women and highlighting selected stories throughout the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

Warm regards,

Kim Crane
World Pulse Programs Coordinator

Reem Zaghloul's picture

Sorry for being late.

Dear Kim,

Thank you so much for your reply, I really don't know from where to start this story affected me in so many ways and I think in Egypt now with all the conflict happening and a lot of people still in their places i will not get what am looking for unless somebody help me...

First of all, my name is Reem Abu Elfetouh Zaghloul, am from Alexandria Egypt, I was working for a company called Egyptian Liquified Natural Gas. Let me give briefing about this company Egyptian LNG is Egypt's largest liquefied natural gas joint venture comprising of both local shareholders, such as (“EGPC”), (“EGAS”) and foreign shareholders, such as BG Group plc ( British Gas Co) , PETRONAS and Gaz de France (“GDF”), all of which are prominent international players in the industry. as Executive Secretary in QHSE Department for 4 years the company reside in Behaira area which is 70 km away from my house, i use to go everyday of course.my story starts before 3 years On Monday April 13th, 2009, an anonymous letter containing some complaints made against the management was found on a printer together with some of my personal printouts. Therefore, I was straightaway accused of sending the anonymous letter. I was also called into several interviews conducted by the Security, (2 Sessions) HR and Legal (2 Sessions) the following days and throughout these grueling interviews I kept on maintaining my innocence. For your information, for some reasons the interviews also touched around some very private matters including when did I last had my period, and before my period do I get any kind of memory loss or any major changes in my body and my memory and am I under any kind of medication and how do I get it (What kind of pain does it cause?) and unfortunately those questions was asked by Mr. Saiful Annuar Hajjol – Acting HR Manager &

Mr. Yusmadi Youssef – Compliance Manager (PETRONAS Representatives) as well as calling me a liar and that I claim to pray which is not right since they asked people around me if I pray or not? Also I was asked if there was any scratch, signs of beatings or violence on my body; Investigation was also made on the computer that I was using as well as my personal thumb drive which I presume was to find the source of the anonymous letter.

The following days and throughout these grueling interviews I kept on maintained my innocence. Investigation was also made on the computer that I was using as well as my personal thumb drive which I presume was to find the source of the anonymous letter. I then received a 'Suspension Letter' dated April 16th 2009.

I was not informed nor called to clarify anything on what they have found. I was confident that they would not found anything implicating me to the anonymous letter as it was not me who had wrote nor printed it in the first place.

I came back to work on 3rd May 2009 and was handed over a 'Termination Letter' to sign. The letter states that I was guilty of the following gross misconducts:

- Disclosing confidential business information.
- Introducing publications of any kinds and distributing them without permission from the management causing them harm to the entity or public policy.
- Divulging issues which are confidential by nature or as a result of regulations considering them so????
- Using company’s equipment for personal purposes.

I was surprised to see the letter as I did not send the said anonymous letter. I have refused to sign the letter. Up till now, I am still wondering what evidence have they found during their investigation that has implicated me with the issuance of the anonymous letter. I was also not briefed nor given any opportunity to defend myself against such finding.

Anyway, two days later, the Termination Letter was sent to my home. Up till now.

I feel that I have been treated unfairly in this case and the termination of my service made was not made on clear and correct facts or findings. Such termination may also have been based on certain individual's agenda or liking.

I have served the Company as Executive Secretary for the HSE Department for more than 4 years now after my service in the Project Management Team in 2004 - 2005 and have endured so many challenges and problems. Some were due to lack of management skills, involvement of personal agenda for some individuals in work, inconsistencies in applying company policies up to the extent of lack of professionalism by managers. The yearly Performance Reviews were not based on merits at all but just on whom the boss likes the most. I have worked very hard as an Executive Secretary, have had to work extra hours and have also produced many new initiatives and deliverables which have helped the Department and Company all these years but have received Rating '4' (Not Meeting Requirements) for 3 years in a row and Rating 3 for 1 year. I truly believe that the Company needs a lot of help and changes if it still wants to grow into a great company.

I would love to know in which Labor Law DO THEY ASK WOMEN about their monthly period based on nothing they found later and I am still in courts with my case and only God knows for how long do i have to wait?

I am tired and I really need help, I would like to know to whom i can go other than our Law...

I have a lot of evidence that our Management are not qualified to be Managers and I can prove it and I would love to know where to go, as well as for Petronas Company which is one of the biggest company in Malaysia; I believe that it's well known and also as Muslims they should never treat women that way and if they are used to this to their women they shouldn't come to my country and treat the women that way too.

Awaiting for your response.

Regards,

Reem Zaghloul

Reem Zaghloul

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