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Why Do They Hate Us?

April 25, 2012


The real war on women is in the Middle East. BY MONA ELTAHAWY | MAY/JUNE 2012 In “Distant View of a Minaret,” the late and much-neglected Egyptian writer Alifa Rifaat begins her short story with a woman so unmoved by sex with her husband that as he focuses solely on his pleasure, she notices a […]

Binding women to restrictions

April 21, 2012


Many in Saudi Arabia point out, quoting scholars, that it is not an Islamic issue but one of control By Tariq Al Maeena, Special to Gulf NewsPublished: 00:00 April 22, 2012 Image Credit: Hugo A. SancHez/©Gulf News Women in Saudi Arabia continue to face restrictions. Or so that’s what most of the liberal intellectuals and […]

New wave of well-off Pakistani women drawn to conservative Islam

April 11, 2012


Wealthy, educated women are increasingly embracing the trend for religious inquiry and observance Jason Burke in, Monday 9 April 2012 Pakistani Muslim women celebrating Eid al-Adhi in Lahore. Photograph: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images All the women working in the information technology division of the Bank of Punjab’s headquarters in the western Pakistani city of Lahore […]

Reema Abdullah is a role model for Saudi women athletes

March 26, 2012


Aspiring to be the first Saudi woman to carry the Olympic torch is brave in a country that condemns female physical exercise Eman Al Nafjan, Monday 26 March 2012 Reema Abdullah, Jeddah United striker and Olympic hopeful. Photograph: AP The first school I went to in Riyadh was, of course, an all-girls school. I […]

Female athletes challenge Saudi Muslim norms

February 17, 2012


Behind concrete walls and out of sight of men, Saudi women wearing shorts and short-sleeve shirts meet three times a week to play soccer in an all-female club in Saudi Arabia’s port city of Jeddah AP, Friday 17 Feb 2012 Cheering them on is Jeddah King’s United coach and striker Reema Abdullah, who also is […]

Women complain of male dominance in job market

January 9, 2012


By DIANA AL-JASSEM | ARAB NEWS Published: Jan 9, 2012 00:55 Updated: Jan 9, 2012 00:55 A female journalist at a press conference. (AN photo) JEDDAH: Many Saudi women claim getting and maintaining a high quality profession has proven difficult despite the government’s efforts to improve employment opportunities for them because men are refusing to […]

Nepalese Recount Hazards of Foreign Household Work

September 4, 2011


By Lochana Sharma WeNews correspondentSunday, September 4, 2011 Nepalese women who have worked in household jobs in Gulf states return with tales of extreme workplace abuse. But many left the country in defiance of a government ban, so they can’t seek official help. KATHMANDU, Nepal (WOMENSENEWS)–Sapana Bishwokarma, 26, has no answer when asked about the father […]