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Saudi Arabia’s judoka strikes blow for women’s rights at Olympics

August 3, 2012


Source: The Guardian  by Esther Addley Wojdan Shaherkani has become the first Saudi woman to compete at the Games in London Saudi Arabia’s Wojdan Shaherkani has struck a blow for gender equality at the Olympics. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters A 16-year-old girl who has never before competed in an international competition has struck a blow for […]

Saudi judo player “will not compete” without headscarf (Saudi Arabia)

July 30, 2012


Source Saudi Arabia’s female athletes took up the back during the opening ceremony in London. In a statement that could dampen the push for Saudi Arabia accepting female athletes to compete in the London Olympic, judo player Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani said she would withdraw from her competition if she is not allowed to […]

Olympics: For Saudi Women, Only a Starting Line

July 26, 2012


Source: Human Rights Watch Members of the Jeddah Kings United all-female team attend football exercise in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. © AP Images (London) – The participation of two Saudi female athletes in the London Olympics is an important first step but does not go far enough in addressing entrenched problems of gender discrimination in the kingdom, […]

Kingdom’s career women search for extra Ramadan housemaids (Saudi Arabia)

July 18, 2012


In this SPA photo, women line up to participate in a job workshop at the Saudi Aramco Cultural Program in Riyadh on Friday. Many of the Kingdom’s career women say they are in need of extra maids to meet extra demands such as cooking, cleaning and entertaining visitors. As Ramadan draws near, many working women […]

Police looking for suspects in rape case

July 18, 2012


Saudi police are searching for a man and his son in connection with the rape and torture of a Filipino woman in Turaif, a small city in northern Saudi Arabia. The victim, who is believed to have been sexually assaulted by her employer’s son, has been rescued and is currently in custody at the Philippine […]

Saudi Arabia Women Defy Driving Ban

July 15, 2012


In this Friday, June 17, 2011 file image made from video released by, a Saudi Arabian woman drives a car as part of a campaign to defy Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/, File) It’s a Saudi sit-in. Except these women aren’t occupying King Abdullah Street… they’re sitting […]

Saudi Arabia: Female Athletes at Olympics will be ‘Breakthrough’ –HRW

July 13, 2012


Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah United warm up before their friendly basketball game against Jordan’s Al Reyadeh in Amman April 21, 2009. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji Human Rights Watch NEW YORK (July 12, 2012) – Saudi Arabia’s National Olympic Committee’s decision to send two women athletes to the London Olympic Games is a breakthrough for Saudi women’s sports. However, […]

Son kills dad for resisting teen daughter’s marriage (Saudi Arabia)

July 10, 2012


Girl’s dad clubs his 85-year-old father on the head while asleep Source Emirates 24/7 A greedy Saudi man waited for his 85-year-old father to go to bed then used a big date palm branch to club him to death after he was infuriated by his father’s opposition to the marriage of his teenage daughter to […]

Five Saudi women detained for driving (Saudi Arabia)

June 29, 2012


SSource: Emirates 24/7 A Saudi activist says at least five women have been taken into custody accused of defying the men-only driving rule in the ultraconservative Arab kingdom. The detentions mark the first major backlash by Saudi authorities since a campaign was launched nearly two weeks ago to challenge the driving restrictions. Dozens of women […]

Beheaded man raped 8-yr old for 3 years (Saudi Arabia)

June 21, 2012


Source: Emirates 24/7 Radia develops fear of women but keeps sticking to mum after 4-year rape ordeal Image courtesy Al Watan When a female Saudi journalist went to see Radia who had been raped by an Egyptian man for four years before he was beheaded this week, the first thing the Afghan child said was […]