First Saudi jobs website focused on hiring more women

Thursday, 20 July 2017

An Algerian biomedical engineer is on a mission to make it easier for women to find work in Saudi Arabia by creating the first job-searching website for females in the deeply conservative kingdom. Australian-born Naziha Deriche, 23, who was raised in Saudi Arabia, realized after completing her postgraduate studies in Sydney last year that it was hard for her and her friends to find jobs in Saudi Arabia. “Most of the jobs advertised are ... for males in Saudi Arabia. And the working ...

Team Bicicleta: Saudi girls united in their love for cycling

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Ndima Abu El-Enein rides her bicycle alongside her colleagues on the Corniche road in Jeddah, west of Saudi Arabia, to lead a team of cyclists consisting of more than 30 women wearing long pants and loose shirts. Their helmets are carefully placed to begin a weekly tour of women and girls of varied ages brought together for the love of cycling. “Bicicleta" is the name of the first team of cyclists in Saudi Arabia, which was founded by "Ndima Abul-Enein" a year and a half ago ...

Girl in Saudi Gone Wild: There she was just a ’walkin’ down the mud-caked alley

Thursday, 20 July 2017

This op-ed was written before Khuloud was released. A strut and a milliseconds-long backwards glance has captured the world’s attention. The strut and glance in question were made by Khulood Al-Yafie, a beautiful miniskirt and crop top clad Yemeni woman visiting Saudi Arabia’s Ushaiger cultural heritage site. Her tour, recorded on video (which has since gone viral) has not only invoked the wrath of the Kingdom’s religious police and sizable conservative population but ...

Fatimah S. Baeshen

Saudi public schools to introduce physical education for girls

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Saudi public schools will begin offering physical education for girls in the coming academic year, the kingdom’s education ministry announced on Tuesday, a long-awaited step toward social reform in the Islamic kingdom. Physical education for women is controversial in Saudi Arabia, where conservatives consider it immodest, and it is not mandatory. It is not offered in most public schools, although some private schools include it in the curriculum. Saudi Arabia adheres to strict ...

The people and ‘matter of the bicycle’

Monday, 13 March 2017

In his recent article in the Okaz daily – “The liberal Walieddine Yakan: Clerics, colonization and bicycles” – Saudi critic Ali al-Ameem wrote in detail and his usual rich and effervescent style. Ameem talked about Egyptian-Turkish poet and politician Walieddine Yakan and narrated one of the latter’s funny stories. In his book “The Known and the Unknown,” Yakan opposes some clerics and their rural customs. In his book, which is about the Muslim and ...

Mashari Althaydi

By age 6, girls less likely to believe they are ‘brilliant’

Friday, 27 January 2017

Gender stereotypes emerge early, and by age six, girls are less likely to believe females are brilliant and more likely to believe boys are

Daughter debates: Should young girls wear make-up out the house?

Sunday, 13 November 2016

I was disappointed when Russian model Elena Perminova uploaded a video of her applying lipstick to her daughter

Dying to be like Barbie? The truth behind underage eating disorders

Sunday, 16 October 2016

How much attention do you pay to the toys your children play with?

How Pakistani schoolgirl Malala joined the millionaires’ club

Friday, 1 July 2016

Earlier this year Malala urged world leaders at a conference in London to commit $1.4 billion to give Syrian refugee children access to education

‘Pretty as a Princess:’ How Disney films are impacting young Arab girls

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

A study by a US university released earlier this month found that the Disney Princess brand is not as “safe” as many parents think

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