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Meet Saudi Arabia’s first female editor-in-chief of a national newspaper

Congrats to Somayya Jabarti! The Guardian reports:

Somayya Jabarti, a former deputy editor, has become the new boss at the helm of the Jeddah-based English daily Saudi Gazette, the paper’s departing head has announced.

“There’s a crack that has been made in the glass ceiling. And I’m hoping it will be made into a door,” Jabarti said after starting her new job, according to quotes carried by Al Arabiya News.

She added: “Being the first Saudi woman [editor-in-chief] is going to be double the responsibility … One’s actions will reflect upon my fellow Saudi women.”

Congrats to Somayya Jabarti! The Guardian reports:

Somayya Jabarti, a former deputy editor, has become the new boss at the helm of the Jeddah-based English daily Saudi Gazette, the paper’s departing head has announced.

“There’s a crack that ...

A viral video on… Saudi women driving

Brave women in Saudi Arabia are literally driving through their government’s prohibition against DWF (driving while female). Here’s a video mocking the sexism behind the ban. And don’t worry. You can laugh. Because it’s made by someone who is actually from Saudi Arabia. 

Brave women in Saudi Arabia are literally driving through their government’s prohibition against DWF (driving while female). Here’s a video mocking the sexism behind the ban. And don’t worry. You can laugh. Because it’s made ...

Video of the Day: Behind the wheel in Saudi Arabia

Saudi feminist activists have organized to defy the ban on women driving multiple times in recent years, and on October 26th they’ll be hitting the road en masse again.

More than 15,000 people have signed an online petition calling on the government to lift the ban and there are signs that the government may finally be ready to listen. Meanwhile, some women have been getting a headstart this week, and, as this heartwarming video shows, at least some of their fellow drivers seem to be welcoming them to the roadways.

Via Think Progress.

Saudi feminist activists have organized to defy the ban on women driving multiple times in recent years, and on October 26th they’ll be hitting the road en masse again.

More than 15,000 people have signed ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

Last night, a man was shot in the streets of New York in a hate crime marked by homophobic slurs. Bigotry kills.

A survivor argues that military sexual trauma should be treated as as national security issue.

Radio host Pete Santilli says Hilary Clinton needs to be “shot in the vagina.”

A proposed law to protect Afghan women was blocked by opponents.

This guy wants the government to pay women to date him.

On not being a “good” trans woman.

The Pentagon has established a process for trans vets to choose the gender listed in their records.

“Jokes can… validate prejudicial viewers and consumers in a way that defenders ...

Last night, a man was shot in the streets of New York in a hate crime marked by homophobic slurs. Bigotry kills.

A survivor argues that military sexual trauma should be treated ...

IKEA airbushes women out of catalogue distributed in Saudi Arabia

Wow. It looks like the furniture giant IKEA thought it would be within their best interest that for their catalogue in Saudi Arabia, women should be removed from the picture — literally.

Ikea is being criticized for deleting images of women from the Saudi version of its furniture catalogue, a move the company says it regrets.

Comparing the Swedish and Saudi versions of the Ikea catalogue, Sweden’s free newspaper Metro on Monday showed that women had been airbrushed out of otherwise identical pictures showcasing the company’s home furnishings.

An example:

       

And there were several other omissions, including a picture of a picture of Audrey Hepburn, and even the removal of a female IKEA designer.

While Saudi Arabia has some ...

Wow. It looks like the furniture giant IKEA thought it would be within their best interest that for their catalogue in Saudi Arabia, women should be removed from the picture — literally.

Ikea is being criticized for deleting images ...

Saudi woman will be competing in judo donning hijab

This year in the 2012 Olympics women are competing from every country that is participating in the Olympics including, for the first time ever, Saudi Arabia, Brunei and Qatar. To be clear, Qatar and Brunei weren’t as resistant as our dear friends in the Middle East–Saudi Arabia who made women’s inclusion next to impossible. They finally gave in when the International Olympic committee threatened to ban their participation in the games.

Almonitor has a brief history of when most countries in the Middle East and North Africa began to allow women to compete from Iran to Bahrain. The last of the region’s hold outs included:

…Kuwait (which sent its first female athlete in 2004), Oman (2008), UAE (2008), and ...

This year in the 2012 Olympics women are competing from every country that is participating in the Olympics including, for the first time ever, Saudi Arabia, Brunei and Qatar. To be clear, Qatar and Brunei weren’t ...

Olympics update: Saudi Arabia will not send women after all

A few weeks ago I excitedly reported that the last three dominoes – that is, countries that exclude women from Olympic competition but not men – had fallen. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei had all decided to let women go to the Olympics.

Turns out I got a little too excited. Yesterday, it was reported that no Saudi women have qualified for the Games. Probably because no women were allowed to participate in qualifying events. Per the AP:

The story in the pan-Arab daily newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat — an important media tool for Saudi rulers — said Saudi male athletes have qualified to compete in track, equestrian and weightlifting at the games that start in less than three ...

A few weeks ago I excitedly reported that the last three dominoes – that is, countries that exclude women from Olympic competition but not men – had fallen. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei had all decided ...

Saudi Arabia one step closer to letting women compete in London Games

It looks like some Saudi women athletes will be allowed to compete in London this summer. According to the New York Times,

A pan-Arab newspaper based in London, Al-Hayat, reported Tuesday that the Saudi Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz has approved the participation of female athletes in London as long as their sports “meet the standards of women’s decency and don’t contradict Islamic laws.”

The International Olympic Committee said in a statement that it met with Saudi Olympic officials last week and that it was “confident that Saudi Arabia is working to include women athletes and officials at the Olympic Games in London.”

This would be the first time ...

It looks like some Saudi women athletes will be allowed to compete in London this summer. According to the New York Times,

A pan-Arab newspaper based in London, Al-Hayat, reported Tuesday that the Saudi Crown ...

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