A New Saudi Arabia to the world: We are open for business

Monday, 11 December 2017

Transformative. That is the word commonly uttered when discussing monumental events unfolding in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2017. A country that long isolated itself from the rest of the world, it consequently manifested a reputation as an ultra-conservative country detached from modernity and disconnected from the world. But the pendulum is finally swinging the other way, as Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s Vision 2030, a plan designed to transform the Saudi economy and society, is ...

Iran forces Thai male coach to wear ‘hijab’ in women’s match

Friday, 1 December 2017

Iranian authorities forced the male coach of the Thai female kabaddi team to wear hijab in order to be able to accompany his team into the women’s arena, during the Asian Kabaddi Championship , according to media reports. Radio Farda said that the decision was taken because in Iran men are not allowed to enter sports arenas used by women. Somprach Phonchoo, the Thai coach, in an interview with Radio Farda confirmed that he was requested to put on the headscarf if he was to be granted ...

How violence against women costs $1.5 trillion a year

Monday, 27 November 2017

While there are many things in the world that a price tag cannot be attached to, violence against women is not one of them.Worldwide, it is estimated that the global cost of domestic violence against women could amount to $1.5 trillion a year. In the UK, the reported costs vary anywhere from $7 to $39 billion a year.It is worth noting that the rates of domestic violence in the UK are far lower than in the Middle East, 25 percent in the UK compared to 37 percent in the Middle East. If the $7 ...

Yara al-Wazir

Saudi Crown Prince speaks on anti-corruption drive, Islam, women’s rights and ‘new Hitler’

Friday, 24 November 2017

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has called the Supreme Leader of Iran “the new Hitler of the Middle East”.In an interview with the New York Times published on Thursday, Mohammed bin Salman, who is also Saudi defense minister, suggested the Islamic Republic’s alleged expansion under Ayatollah Ali Khamenei needed to be confronted.“But we learned from Europe that appeasement doesn’t work. We don’t want the new Hitler in Iran to repeat what ...

70,000 jobs awaiting Saudi women in four sectors

Monday, 20 November 2017

Saudi Arabia is planning to open up four major sectors to employ women, a senior official said here on Sunday. Abdullah Al-Harbi, a senior executive at the Job Creation and Employment Commission (JCEC), said the Commission is planning to integrate women in marketing and advertising which may offer 10,000 jobs by 2030 in addition to 11,000 jobs in accounting, 20,000 in pharmacies and 29,000 jobs in computer programing. Speaking at the 10th Jeddah Human Resource Forum, Omar Al-Batati, Governor of ...

The defeat of ISIS may not correspond to victory for women

Sunday, 5 November 2017

It is assumed that women are the worst victims of ISIS — its savage acts, its virulent ideology and its organized sexual slavery. Therefore, it is assumed that any defeat of the ISIS will invariably be a victory for women.However, as our colleague Khaled Suleiman stated in an article published by, what has happened is quite different. Up until now the marriage of a girl at the age of nine was illegal. But attempts began to reduce the age of puberty ironically when ISIS’ ...

Hazem Saghieh

Saudi Arabia: Three stadiums ready to receive families in early 2018

Monday, 30 October 2017

Saudi Arabia will allow families into three sports stadiums for the first time from next year, authorities said Sunday, in a landmark move that would open up the previously male-only venues to families.The announcement is in line with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitious reform drive shaking up the kingdom, including the decision to allow women to drive from next June.“Starting the preparation of three stadiums in Riyadh, Jeddah and Damman to be ready to accommodate families ...

Why aren’t more Arab women saying #MeToo?

Sunday, 22 October 2017

The allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein have shaken the world. So far, more than 30 women have provided statements that the producer sexually harassed or assaulted them over the course of his career in the movie industry.The allegations have prompted women around the world to share their individual stories of harassment and abuse that they have faced over their lifetimes using the hashtag #MeToo.My feeds have been inundated with women making frank and transparent statements ...

Yara al-Wazir

Braid cutters deepen divide between Indian Kashmiris, security forces

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

A dark and inexplicable mystery is fueling confrontation and deepening the divide between ordinary Kashmiris and security forces in India’s most volatile province. As many as 105 cases of braid-cutting or hair chopping of women have been registered in police stations against unknown assailants across Jammu & Kashmir, especially the Valley, triggering mass hysteria forcing authorities to snap Internet, stop train services, detain separatists and even resort to firing. In one of the ...

Kavita Devi becomes India’s first woman wrestler to sign for blockbuster WWE

Monday, 16 October 2017

Kavita Devi has become the first-ever Indian woman to be signed by the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), a news report has revealed.A former competitive powerlifter, Kavita also has the distinction of being the first Indian woman to compete in a WWE ring, as she was a featured participant in the Mae Young Classic women’s tournament, a Hindustan Times report said.According to the report, Kavita underwent training to be a professional wrestler under the guidance of The Great Khali (Dalip ...

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