Why Saudi Young Women, Sorry, Girls Run Away
CROSSROADS ARABIA: Why do you think 24 year old women might want to leave home? A new report does not provide much enlightenment…
Saudi: Momentum Grows in Support of Women Drivers
SUSIE OF ARABIA: Driving is just a starting point. There are many other women’s issues that need to be addressed but as Manal says: “The rain starts with a single drop.”
A Doctor, A Mother, Now She’s a Saudi ‘Rebel Driver’
OMAR AL-ISSAWI: She is entrusted with the lives of many on a daily basis but Najla Hariri is not trusted to drive to treat those patients.
Google Incites Muslim Women to Throw Off Veil – Claim
AMERICAN BEDU: When Google decided to celebrate dancer Martha Graham’s birthday with an animation little did it understand the furore it would cause in Saudi…
A Poem about the Saudi “Women in Black”
SUSIE OF ARABIA: A young, Saudi woman who, as a child, witnessed another woman displaying a freedom of spirit has written a poem in celebration of the inspirational character.
Alternate View: Driven Women Privileged in Saudi
AMERICAN BEDU: According to one woman interviewed by Saudi News it’s ‘magic carpets’ rather than ‘cars’ that Saudi women need.
‘Inside Outsider’: Advice on living in Saudi
SUSIE OF ARABIA: How do you fit in when living in Saudi Arabia if you’re not fully Saudi? Here’s some sage advice from a half-Saudi, half-American woman.
Women Don’t Need to Worry About Politics: Poll
CROSSROADS ARABIA: Contrary to popular belief women (or rather Saudi women) apparently can’t multi-task. That’s the surprising conclusion to be drawn from a rather surprising poll.
“We Will not Be Silent”: Yemeni Women Respond
JUAN COLE: Women have played a prominent role in the demonstrations in Yemen. Too prominent a role, according to the country’s President. He’d like them to stay at home. They have responded: ‘No’.
Saudi and Marriage: Match Not Made in Heaven
AMERICAN BEDU: It’s official – Saudi Arabia has the highest divorce rate in the world despite the fact that, contrary to popular opinion it’s not so easy to secure a divorce in the Kingdom.
‘My Mother’s Name’: The Great Unmentionable in Saudi
CROSSROADS ARABIA: It’s often a cause for violence particularly among young tribal men. Whatever you do, don’t mention the mother’s name.
“Treat Us Like Adults”: Saudi Women Demand Basic Rights
CROSSROADS ARABIA: It’s simple – women in Saudi Arabia can’t wait for enlightened men to grant them rights, they are going to have to force the issue.
Tawakkul Karman: The Woman Leading Yemen’s Protests
ALICE HACKMAN: She has been profiled by leading international publications but long before the world discovered Tawakkul Karman she was battling fearlessly in support of human rights.
‘Women’s Rights’ Must Be Secured in ‘New Bahrain’
SANA’ MOHAMMAD BIN HAMOUD: Women’s rights campaigners have made impressive advances in Bahrain. However protesters should push further.
Women Who Drive: Saudi’s Worst Kept Secret
ROB L. WAGNER – Go outside the major population centres in the Kingdom and you will find it common to see women drivers.
Life’s Complicated: Women and the Saudi Undergarment
CROSSROADS ARABIA: Salesmen feel ‘awkward’ to be selling intimate apparel to women; women don’t want to discuss their bodies in front of strange men.
It’s Not “Lady-Like!” – Women’s Sport in Saudi
SUSIE OF ARABIA: You won’t believe some of the ludicrous reasons given for why girls shouldn’t be allowed to participate in sports or exercise in school.
Talk but Any Progress on Horizon for Saudi Women?
AMERICAN BEDU: A forum held recently in Jeddah addressed issues of real concern to Saudi women. But will anything concrete come from the ‘talk fest’?