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Saudi women finally allowed to join work force… to sell lingerie

Wow, there are so many layers to this story. Saudi women, long denied the ability to work, are finally allowed into the public sector- but only to sell garments, cosmetics, and yes – skimpy women’s lingerie. From the New York Times:

The Ministry of Labor is enforcing a royal decree issued last summer ordering that sales personnel in shops selling garments and other goods, like cosmetics, that are only for women must be female. More than 28,000 women applied for the jobs, the ministry said. [Emphasis mine.]

Anywhere else in the world, it would not be news that sales assistants in shops selling panties and bras were female. In Saudi Arabia, where women have always been ...

Wow, there are so many layers to this story. Saudi women, long denied the ability to work, are finally allowed into the public sector- but only to sell garments, cosmetics, and yes – skimpy ...

Saudi women are granted the right to vote. Now what?

In an unprecedented move, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia granted women the right to vote this past Sunday. Women in Saudi Arabia have been organizing on a variety of fronts, pushing for political representation, fighting for the right to drive and for more mobility in public since as of right now women have to be chaperoned when in public. While the right to vote is a marginal step forward and a great media opportunity in the face of a how terrible Saudia Arabia looks internationally on the issue of women’s rights. But the real question many activists are asking is, ‘will this actually make women’s lives that different?’

The NYTimes reports,

Even under the new law, it was unclear how many women would ...

In an unprecedented move, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia granted women the right to vote this past Sunday. Women in Saudi Arabia have been organizing on a variety of fronts, pushing for political representation, fighting for the right to ...

“What these women are doing is brave”: Clinton Responds to Saudi Women Drivers

You may have heard about women in Saudi Arabia organizing a plan to jointly defy the women’s driving ban by encouraging women with international driver’s licenses to get in their cars and drive on June 17.

Yesterday Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded to the demands of these Saudi activists and spoke out in support of the right of Saudi women to drive.

“What these women are doing is brave and what they are seeking is right,” Clinton said. “The effort belongs to them. I am moved by it and I support them.”

As Bloomberg reports, this comment was made a day after her spokeswoman advocated “quiet diplomacy” as a more effective way to tackle the ...

You may have heard about women in Saudi Arabia organizing a plan to jointly defy the women’s driving ban by encouraging women with international driver’s licenses to get in their cars and drive on June ...

Saudi women’s campaign for the right to drive in action today

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuKlDnUzerA

Organized a month ago after a Saudi activist, Manal al-Sharif and her brother, were arrested for driving, today Saudi women (and maybe even some men dressed in women’s clothing) will be taking to the streets to protest women’s ban on driving. The video above is one of the first released of a woman driving today.

As Vanessa wrote last month:

Sharif is one of the organizers of Women2Drive, a right-to-drive campaign to be launched on the 17th. Interestingly enough, there is no actual law that bans women from driving, but citizens have to use locally issued licenses that can’t be issued to women — so Women2Drive are telling their followers to use foreign-issued ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuKlDnUzerA

Organized a month ago after a Saudi activist, Manal al-Sharif and her brother, were arrested for driving, today Saudi women (and maybe even some men dressed in women’s clothing) will be taking to the streets to protest ...

Saudi women’s rights activists arrested for challenging driving ban

This weekend, Manal al-Sharif and her brother were arrested by Saudi authorities after posted a video on YouTube (has hence been made private) that shows her driving a car and convincing others to, on June 17th, in protest of Saudi Arabia’s ban against women driving.

Sharif is one of the organizers of Women2Drive, a right-to-drive campaign to be launched on the 17th. Interestingly enough, there is no actual law that bans women from driving, but citizens have to use locally issued licenses that can’t be issued to women — so Women2Drive are telling their followers to use foreign-issued licenses. Nesrine Malik at the Guardian writes about the campaign and her own experience ...

This weekend, Manal al-Sharif and her brother were arrested by Saudi authorities after posted a video on YouTube (has hence been made private) that shows her driving a car and convincing others ...

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