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More Iranian women join protest against forced hijab code

Saturday, 3 February 2018

On Saturday, a video of a young woman taking off her hijab in Iran in front of a Basij base (Islamic Revolutionary Guard’s Morality Police) emerged. This event comes nearly two weeks after the first Iranian woman who took off her hijab in protest of the forced dress code . The woman, 31-year-old Wida Mowahed, a mother of a 19-month-old daughter, stood in the middle of Tehran’s “Inqlab” (revolution) street raising her scarf on a stick and waving it like a flag. A video ...

Traveling with female friends becoming a trend for Saudi women

Saturday, 3 February 2018

With many changes taking place in the customs and habits of Saudi society, a new trend has appeared, which is grandstanding. People travel abroad with the sole objective of swaggering around snapping selfies simply to show off, even if it is at the expense of essential needs of the individual or family. Young women have become an inseparable part of any family trip nowadays. And often they are the ones who plan, lead and even finance the trip, according to a report published by Al-Riyadh ...

Why family planning remains a controversial matter for Saudis

Saturday, 3 February 2018

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs recently issued a report projecting Saudi Arabia’s population to reach 37.2 million by 2020. The rural areas across the country have seen a dramatic increase in population. However, family planning as an important tool to deal with the potential repercussions of the population growth is still a controversial issue in Saudi Arabia. Some view it as a threat to the survival of society while others view it as a social necessity. Yet, ...

Iran arrests 29 women as headscarf protests intensify

Friday, 2 February 2018

Tehran police have arrested 29 women for appearing in public without a headscarf as protests against the dress code in force since the Islamic revolution of 1979 intensify, Iranian media reported Friday. Those arrested were accused of public order offences and referred to the state prosecutor's office, the Fars, ILNA and Tasnim news agencies reported without elaborating. Chief prosecutor Mohammad Jafar Montazeri had played down the escalating protests on Wednesday, saying they were ...

Iran headscarf protester arrested: lawyer

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

An Iranian woman has been arrested and bail set at more than $100,000 after she protested against the mandatory headscarf, a lawyer said on Tuesday. Narges Hosseini, whose age was not known, was jailed after posing in central Tehran on Monday without a headscarf, lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh said. At least three other women did the same around the city on Monday, according to images shared on social media, mirroring a protest by a woman on December 27 whose images went viral across the globe. Several ...

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan urges Davos set to fight sexism

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Monday urged the economic elite to break down barriers of discrimination against women as they gathered for the Davos forum.The 52-year-old star of Indian blockbuster movies such as "Chennai Express" and "My Name is Khan" appeared at a celebrity gala ahead of the official start on Tuesday of the World Economic Forum's annual meeting.He received an award for his charitable work for victims of acid attacks."From them I have learned how ...

WATCH: Saudi women enter stadium for first time to attend soccer match

Friday, 12 January 2018

In yet another historic day in Saudi Arabia, on Friday families began to enter the sports stadiums for the first time with the start of round 17 of the Saudi league. The King Abdullah Sport City stadium in Jeddah  opened its doors for Saudi women to attend the Saudi professional League game scheduled between Al Ahli club of Jeddah and al-Batin. In the run-up to the event, social media had been abuzz with images showing preparations ahead of the game. Signage have been placed showing the ...

PHOTOS: Saudi women-only motor show opens in Jeddah

Friday, 12 January 2018

Women flocked to Le Mall in Jeddah on Thursday to check out the kingdom’s first car exhibition aimed at women, a few months after Saudi Arabia granted them the right to drive.Pink, orange and yellow balloons hung in the mall’s showroom as women posed for photos and selfies in front of the cars. One woman in the driver’s seat fixed her face cover. Another wrapped her turquoise-painted fingernails around the steering wheel, feeling it out.In a decree issued in September, King ...

Meet the first woman to work at a petrol station in Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

When Mervat Bukhari decided to become the first Saudi woman to run a gas station in Saudi Arabia, she thought of adding a feminine touch to the station to make it one of a kind. Bukhari confirmed to Al Arabiya that she aspires to make of her work location “the best digital gas station in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, with its high performance, highest standards of quality and cleanliness”. The purpose of the station is to provide a live model on the ground for fuel stations and ...

Hollywood stars back #TimesUp war on harassment as donations roll in

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Hollywood stars including Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain and Natalie Portman have backed a campaign against sexual harassment called Time’s Up as donations flood in for a multi-million dollar legal fund to fight abuse cases in the workplace. In an open letter in the New York Times, they said they particularly wanted to “lift up the voices” of women in low-wage industries whose lack of financial stability left them vulnerable to exploitation. “I stand with ALL WOMEN ...

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