[Saudi Arabia] Manal al Sharif’s Liberating Ride

[Saudi Arabia] Manal al Sharif’s Liberating Ride

Sarah J. Robbins – Daily Beast – Friday, 21 March 2014 Three years ago, in the midst of the explosive Arab Spring, Manal al Sharif took the wheel of her Cadillac SUV, looked into her friend’s iPhone camera and said, as she made a left-hand turn, “We want change in this country.” For defying Saudi […]

In Taking Jobs, Women Take On a Saudi Taboo

In Taking Jobs, Women Take On a Saudi Taboo

Ben Hubbard – New York Times – Thursday, 05 December 2013 (originally published 02 Dec) RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The bearded religious police officers were not the ones who chastised the princess running the Harvey Nichols department store here when she decided to enhance the upscale shopping atmosphere with some instrumental lute music. Instead, the […]

Despite all, Saudi women upbeat about future empowerment

Despite all, Saudi women upbeat about future empowerment

SyndiGate – Albawaba – Wednesday, 02 October 2013 (originally published 30 Sept) Despite a recent World Bank report saying that Saudi Arabia tops the list of countries for laws that limit women’s economic potential, Saudi women are optimistic that empowerment among them is growing. The World Bank report notes that nearly 90 percent of the […]

Saudi king makes historic female appointments

Saudi king makes historic female appointments

AFP – ABC News – Monday, 20 January 2013 (originally published 12 Jan) Saudi King Abdullah has appointed women to a top advisory body for the first time, with decrees published on Friday marking a breakthrough in a kingdom that imposes stringent restrictions on women. The historic decisions mean that 30 women will now be […]

Saudi women no longer confined to their conventional roles

Saudi women no longer confined to their conventional roles

Sabria S. Jawhar – Al Arabiya News – Thursday, 11 October 2012 (originally published 05 Oct) Five years away from Saudi Arabia is a long time. I’m just starting to get over the culture shock of coming in from the brutal cold of northern England to scorching Jeddah. The biggest surprise that requires some getting […]

Activists Press Saudis on Women in Olympics

Activists Press Saudis on Women in Olympics

Ellen Kickmeyer in Riyadh & Iman Dawoud in London  – The Wall Street Journal – Wednesday, June 27, 2012 (originally published June 26) (WNN/WSJ) World News Portal: Human-rights activists on Tuesday challenged Saudi Arabia’s commitment to fielding women athletes at the Olympics, after it emerged that the equestrian deemed the best prospect to be the […]

Saudi Arabia woman sues government for driver’s license

Saudi Arabia woman sues government for driver’s license

IBT Times – Thursday, 09 February 2012 (originally published 05 Feb) DUBAI: A Saudi Arabia woman who pressed the government last year after she drove a vehicle in the country has filed a lawsuit against the government for refusing her a driver’s license. Manal al-Sharif, the mastermind behind the Women 2 Drive campaign, sent an […]

Mixed Signals Spark Fear, Hope For Saudi Women

Mixed Signals Spark Fear, Hope For Saudi Women

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson – NPR – 11 November 2011 (originally published 10 Nov)   Saudi women are getting conflicting messages from their government about whether it intends to expand their rights. They received a boost from King Abdullah, who pledged to give them more political power in the coming years. But new Crown Prince Nayef […]