APTOPIX Mideast Egypt Maria Channel

July 24, 2012 - 2:38 PM
Heba Seraj, left, Shaimaa Hamid, center, and Shaimaa Abdelhamid, right, prepare to film a segment of a Ramadan program at the Maria Channel's studio in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 23, 2012. The first Egyptian satellite channel operated by women wearing the niqab, or face veil, launched on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan. The station manager says he hopes the full face-veiled women will set an example for others by showing a "new kind of woman" as a role model.(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)