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WATCH: Iranian policewoman scolds girl for not wearing hijab ‘properly’

Friday, 16 February 2018

Iranian activist and journalist Masih Alinejad has posted a video on her Twitter account showing an Iranian moral policewoman scolding a girl for not wearing her hijab ‘properly.’ Despite wearing a long headscarf, the woman claimed that she wore it improperly since she showed the front of her hair. READ ALSO: Why Iranian women are protesting now against the hijab In the video, the woman is purportedly seen asking the girl to wear it as she has instructed. However, the girl ...

Children of divorced expats between the law and choosing who to live with

Thursday, 15 February 2018

With divorce comes repercussions, perhaps the heaviest of it all falls upon the shoulders of children. In the Middle East, particularly, children remain in the custody of their mother until they reach puberty. It varies between each country at which age a teen may become under the custody of the father. Some laws have been modified to allow teens between the age of 15-18 to choose one of their parents as their guardian. The peculiar case of divorce among expats where both parents are residents ...

Sleeveless dresses ‘demeaning’ to women on TV, says former Canada PM

Thursday, 15 February 2018

A brouhaha has erupted over comments made online by Canada’s former prime minister Kim Campbell -- the only woman to have ever held the post -- admonishing women news anchors who appear sleeveless on-air. Campbell, who was prime minister from June to November 1993, triggered the debate with a tweet that read: “I am struck by how many women on television news wear sleeveless dresses -- often when sitting with suited men.” “I have always felt it was demeaning to the ...

Pakistan police arrests gang extracting spinal fluid from women

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Pakistan police have arrested a gang accused of extracting spinal fluid from swindled victims, officials said Tuesday, the latest case involving the country's notorious medical black market. Police in Punjab province's eastern Hafizabad district arrested five suspects after being tipped off by relatives of a woman victim, who was told the procedure was needed for a program which offers free wedding dowries. Officials suspect the fluid was being sold on the black market to be used in bone marrow ...

VIDEO: Iraq’s female weightlifters help their parents pay rent

Monday, 12 February 2018

These young women are Iraq’s only female weightlifting team. Every day, for three hours, they train in this old gym in Baghdad's conservative Sadr city neighbourhood 21-year-old Huda was the first to join the team in 2011. She says she has been watching weightlifters since she was five years old. Huda Salim, 21, a member of the Iraqi female weightlifting team said "Some say I challenge men, that women don't do weightlifting. I tell them: No, I challenge men, and we can do everything ...

First Saudi woman to participate in a theatrical play

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Saudi Arabia’s first female actress to play a role alongside other men took center stage on Friday in “The Empror’s New Groove” public play in the kingdom. The actress, Najat Mouftah, expressed her feelings regarding this experience. Mouftah said: “I am happy to be the first actress to do this. However, I am not sure if there was an actress who preceded me, and was more happy to practise my hobby and talent on stage in a public show”, she said in an interview ...

Senior religious Saudi figure says women ‘shouldn’t be forced to wear abaya’

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Sheikh Abdullah al-Mutlaq, a member of the top Muslim clerical body in Saudi Arabia, said that women should not be obliged to wear abayas as the purpose of the Sharia code is to cover the entire body with any long and loose-fitting garment, whether using a cloak or any form of modest clothing. This is another indication of the Kingdom’s efforts towards modernization. He continued to say that 90 percent of  Muslim women in the Muslim world do not wear an abaya and do not even know it. ...

Saudi boxing trainer, Hala al-Hamrani, who earned black belt at age 16

Friday, 9 February 2018

Hala al-Hamrani, a Saudi boxing trainer, has described her experience as “unique” and that the sport has given her self-confidence and the ability to face challenges. At the age of 16, she earned a black belt in the Japanese martial arts sport Jujutsu. The boxer was born to a Saudi father and an American mother who was also a boxer. In an interview with Al Arabiya.net, Hamrani said that she has seen more and more Saudi women signing-up to practice different sports. She also said ...

Buzz in Riyadh as Race of Champions comes to the Middle East

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Engines were loudly heard at Riyadh's iconic King Fahd stadium as a bunch of world-known car racers went head-to-head in the Race of Champions, held for the first time in Middle East as Saudi Arabia goes on hosting more international sporting events. Former Formula One racers David Coulthard and Juan Pablo Montoya competed along with rally sport's double-champion Petter Solberg amongst drivers including home favourites Ahmed Bin Khanen and Yazeed Al-Rajhi who went head-to-head but were both ...

Change in Saudi Arabia is a fact and not just wishes

Monday, 5 February 2018

Saudi Arabia is experiencing a real social, cultural and economic change, which has become a part of the daily lives of its citizens and residents. As it directly impacts people, sometimes they sense it with hope and joy and on other times related to financial and other concerns which they have not been used to for years. Usually, any change from one lifestyle to another in not easy; because it is related to human behavior and way of living which had been there for years and have become part of ...

Hassan Al Mustafa

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