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“Female Saudi film director breaks taboos in Venice”

Female Saudi film director breaks taboos in Venice

Mon, 3 Sep 2012 10:21 GMT

Source: Reuters // Silvia Aloisi

VENICE, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s first female director has made her debut at the Venice film festival, exploring the limitations placed on women in the conservative Islamic kingdom through the tale of a strong-willed 10-year-old girl living in Riyadh.

The film, which the director says is the first to have been entirely shot in Saudi Arabia, follows the everyday life of young Wadjda and her attempts to circumvent restrictions and break social barriers – both at school and at home.

Constantly scolded for not wearing a veil, listening to pop music and not hiding in front of men, Wadjda uses guile to get her own way…

Read the full article: http://www.trust.org/trustlaw/news/female-saudi-film-director-breaks-taboos-in-venice/

September 3, 2012 at 8:58 am 1 comment

Counterpoint: “Saudi women going to Games is a sham” @SAISHopkins #olympics #hwhtw

Much has been made (including by HWHTW – see: News: “Saudi Arabia To Send Olympic Women Athletes For First Time”) of the gender  milestones reached with the 2012 Olympics: more women athletes than men, and  female participants from every participating country, including Saudi Arabia.  Jocelyne Cesari, a professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS, argues that the presence of female Saudi athletes at the Olympics does not signify a big step forward for Saudi women:

“But if [judo competitor Wojdan] Shaherkani had withdrawn, it would not have been a setback for Saudi women because her inclusion was not a sign of advancement. The presence of Saudi women is the result of several months of pressure by the International Olympics Committee on Saudi Arabia to include women competitors or face being banned from participation.

“The situation for female athletes in Saudi Arabia is bleak.

“Saudi women in general are denied the right to practice sports. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that prevents girls from taking part in sports in government schools. Physical education is allowed only in private schools. Women are not allowed to play in official sports clubs or even watch matches in stadiums. Girls’ football, volleyball and basketball games in private schools and colleges are held secretly.”

Read the full article: http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/01/opinion/cesari-saudi-women-sports/index.html

August 1, 2012 at 12:57 pm 1 comment

News: “Saudi Arabia To Send Olympic Women Athletes For First Time” @DonnaAN1 #olympics #hwhtw

Saudi Arabia To Send Olympic Women Athletes For First Time

By Bob Bensch and Donna Abu-Nasr

Saudi Arabia will send female athletes to the Olympic Games for the first time, the International Olympic Committee said, ending a ban by the kingdom where women aren’t allowed to drive.

Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani will compete in judo at the London Games and Sarah Attar will run the 800 meters. The athletes, who were invited by the IOC, were submitted by the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee before the July 9 deadline, the IOC said. The Saudis had previously sent all-male teams.

“This is very positive news and we are delighted to welcome these two athletes in London in a few weeks’ time,” IOC President Jacques Rogge said in a statement on the governing body’s website.

Read the full article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-12/saudi-arabia-to-send-women-athletes-to-olympics-for-first-time.html

July 12, 2012 at 11:17 am 2 comments

“(Wo)manning the tills in Saudi Arabia: Women start work as shopkeepers” #hwhtw

Saudi Arabia’s new policy on women working in retail shops is great news – not only for women shoppers, but for women who need jobs.

“A decade of embarrassing discussions with salesmen about undergarment sizes and styles is coming to an end as Saudi Arabia implements the first phase of the Labor Ministry’s directives on hiring more women as shopkeepers. ”

http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/womanning-tills-saudi-arabia-women-start-work-shopkeepers-400168

November 22, 2011 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

The Saudi Princess & the Tweet: Princess Ameerah & the Push for Women’s Rights in the Kingdom @gaylelemmon #hwhtw

Gayle Lemmon has snagged an exclusive interview in Newsweek with Saudi princess Ameerah Al-Taweel on “why the kingdom’s women won’t accept a reversal on equal rights”:

“Perched between the camps is the 27-year-old current wife of Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal (the king’s nephew), Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel. Part of a ruling family focused on maintaining the existing order, Ameerah is also an eloquent member of the Twitter generation who has begun to use her social prominence to advocate for women. “We want equal rights, we want what God has given us, the respect and the dignity to live as an equal citizen,” she says.

“King Abdullah himself has made some tentative moves to expand women’s rights. Two years ago he angered conservative clerics by launching coed university education. More recently he decreed that women would be able to vote and run for office—in the 2015 municipal elections, a delay designed in part to avoid roiling those same clerics.

“With [Crown Prince] Sultan’s death, some activists have begun to wonder whether the openings of the past few years will turn out to be only a moderately liberal interlude between decades of tight restrictions on women’s lives. Yet the princess remains hopeful. “I don’t see Saudi women accepting going back,” she says.”

Read the full article: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/10/30/princess-tweets-for-saudi-women-ameerah-al-taweel.html

November 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm Leave a comment

“Women’s Rights Group Petitions Subaru to Stop Selling in Saudi Arabia”

Following up on the effort to get women the right to drive in Saudi Arabia (see Women Take Control by Taking the Wheel in Saudi Arabia), activists have started targeting car companies who market to women, but sell their products in Saudi Arabia.

“Considering 62 percent of new-car purchases are made by women, and almost 80 percent of purchase decisions are influenced by women, appealing to the female buyer is critical to any automaker’s success. But Subaru, with all its female marketing, may have slighted some living in Saudi Arabia.

“Saudi Women for Driving, a group of activists fighting for Saudi women’s rights (particularly the right to drive), wants Subaru to stop selling its vehicles in Saudi Arabia. While Subaru is busy thinking of more ways to appeal to the female market, it is making millions selling its vehicles in a place where women can’t even benefit from them.  The desert country is the only place in the world that bans both Saudi and foreign women from driving, among other things—a direct result of the country’s strict interpretation of Sharia Islamic law. Not having the ability to drive makes the most basic errands a burden, while imposing safety risks for women needing to rely on strangers as drivers.”

Read the full article: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/women%e2%80%99s-rights-group-petitions-subaru-to-stop-selling-in-saudi-arabia-55709.html

Visit the petition on change.org: http://www.change.org/saudi_women_for_driving_

June 29, 2011 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment

Women Take Control by Taking the Wheel in Saudi Arabia

Today is “I will drive the car myself day” in Saudi Arabia.  It’s the only country in the world where women are not permitted to drive, and Saudi women are speaking out, using Facebook and Twitter to encourage each other to get behind the wheel on June 17. 

This article reports: “My driver takes me someplace, and then my husband picks me up and drives me home,” said one young woman who asked not be named. “I just want, for a few minutes, to be able to go somewhere that no one knows where I am. Men don’t want you to have that freedom. You can go somewhere and they don’t know where you are? It’s their worst nightmare.”

Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/saudi-arabia/110615/saudi-womens-rights-driving-rights?page=full

To visit the movement’s Facebook page, search for “I will drive my car in my country”.

To see tweets about “I will drive the car myself day”, search for hashtag #women2drive or click here.

June 17, 2011 at 9:55 am Leave a comment


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