the country: Shereen Al-Rifaie has reportedly fled Saudi Arabia after an
investigation was launched into the clothes she is seen wearing in this clip
Government Rejects Proposed Burqa Ban
Netherlands Just Passed a Law Banning Face Veils in Public Buildings
Awareness: AIMPLB to Rope In Women Members
among Several Afghan Air Force Pilots Graduated In Czech Republic
Than 2,000 Women to Contest Election In Pakistan For First Time
Woman Activist Held in Widening Crackdown
Woman Releases Hijazi Rap Song on Women Driving
Driving 'To Create 500,000 Jobs in 10 Years'
Islamic State Female Suicide Bombers Recruited On Social Media Show No Remorse
Insurance Companies Offer New Services To Women Clients
women engineers beat 40 countries to win global contest
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Saudi TV presenter flees kingdom over 'indecent dress' probe
female Saudi TV presenter has fled the deeply conservative kingdom, shortly
after authorities announced the launch of an investigation into what is said to
be her dress code violations.
al-Rifaie, who was reporting on the lifting of the ban on women's driving, was
accused of dressing inappropriately.
is said to have fled Saudi Arabia after receiving a notification referring her
for the probe over her dress code violation. However, the Saudi Information
Ministry and General Commission for Audiovisual Media (GCAM) regulatory
authority said disciplinary measures would be taken against the TV presenter,
even in her absence.
video recording posted on social media websites showed the presenter wearing an
open white abaya, showing her clothes, which was considered by the GCAM a
violation of regulations.
currently works for the Al-Aan TV station from the United Arab Emirates. She first
worked at MBC Children and Al-Raya channels, before joining the public
Al-Ekhbariya TV channel in 2006.
detains prominent women's rights activist
Saudi Arabia detained prominent women's rights advocate Hatoon al-Fassi,
widening a crackdown that has ensnared more than a dozen activists.
detention was confirmed by sources in touch with people close to Fassi, who
said they were scared of speaking out.
was last active online on Thursday. She was planning to take journalists in her
car on Sunday as other women did to celebrate the much-hyped end of the world's
last ban on female drivers, long seen as an emblem of women's repression in the
recent weeks, Saudi authorities have been engaged in a massive crackdown on
dissent against some of the very activists who previously campaigned against
the ban, including Loujain al-Hathloul, Eman al-Nafjan, and Aziza al-Yousef as
well as male activists Ibrahim al-Modaimeegh, Mohammad al-Rabea and Abdulaziz
Arabia's public prosecutor said earlier this month that a total of 17 people
had been arrested. Authorities said more suspects were being looked for.
authorities accused them of suspicious contacts with "foreign entities”.
Saudi media labeled them traitors.
have remained in detention "after sufficient evidence was made available
and for their confessions of charges attributed to them".
human rights groups have long urged the kingdom to improve its treatment of
human rights advocates and end the death penalty.
United Nations has accused Riyadh of misusing its anti-terror law to crush
peaceful dissent, denying freedom of expression, imprisoning critics and
allegedly subjecting some of them to torture.
government rejects proposed burqa ban
Swiss government opposed on Wednesday a grassroots campaign for a nationwide
ban on facial coverings in public that will prompt a binding referendum, the
latest twist in a Europe-wide crackdown on burqas championed by anti-Muslim
Swiss cabinet said individual cantons should decide on the matter, which
nevertheless will go to a nationwide vote under Switzerland’s system of direct
democracy after activists last year gathered enough public support.
against the wearing of veils have already been taken in Belgium, France,
Denmark and Spain, among others, with the Netherlands passing its own ban this
Swiss government suggested instead adopting laws that would prevent people from
covering their faces when dealing with officials and punish anyone who forced
women to conceal their faces with up to three years in jail.
government is aware that facial coverings can lead to problems. With its
proposals it suggests targeted and specific legal measures in areas in which it
has authority,” the cabinet said after a meeting.
initiative would make it impossible to take into account the individual
cantons’ differing sensitivities, in particular removing their ability to
determine for themselves how they wish to treat tourists from Arab states who
wear facial coverings,” it added.
face veil ban will come to a binding referendum after activists last year
collected the more than 100,000 signatures required to put the proposal to a
group, called “Yes to a Mask Ban”, includes some leaders who also spearheaded
the 2009 Swiss ban on constructing new minarets.
coverings such as niqabs and burqas are a polarising issue across Europe, with
some arguing that they symbolise discrimination against women and should be
outlawed. The clothing has already been banned in France.
coverings are a symbol of radical Islam that have nothing to do with religious
freedom but are rather an expression of the oppression of women,” Anian
Liebrand, a Swiss campaign leader, said when presenting the collected
Switzerland, we show our faces when we talk to each other.”
contend that bans unnecessarily intrude on religious freedom.
of Switzerland’s 8.5 million residents identify as Christians. But its Muslim
population has risen to 5 percent, largely because of immigrants from former
Swiss canton, Italian-speaking Ticino, already has a similar ban, while two
others have rejected it.
Switzerland-wide initiative foresees parliament deciding on penalties. Although
the measure would also forbid protesters from concealing their faces during
demonstrations, the main focus has been on burqas.
Swiss debate follows measures in other European countries to restrict facial
Dutch upper House of parliament on Tuesday passed a law banning the wearing of
face-covering veils in public buildings, such as schools, government offices
ban was upheld in 2014 by the European Court of Human Rights. Germany’s
parliament last year backed a ban on full-face veils for civil servants, judges
and soldiers, while Austria and Bulgaria have also banned facial coverings.
women in the Netherlands will be banned from wearing face-covering veils in
common public spaces, like schools, hospitals, or on public transportation, the
Dutch government has decided.
Tuesday, the Dutch upper house of Parliament officially criminalized the act of
wearing the burqa — which covers the entire face and body — and the niqab —
which covers the face. It’s a move that will mainly affect Muslim women living
in the country, though the ban does not apply to the hijab.
person who violates the ban, which includes wearing ski masks and full-face
helmets, will be subject to a fine of 405 euros, or about $472.
Dutch politician Geert Wilders advocated strongly for the new law. And Dutch
Sen. Marjolein Faber-Van de Klashorst called Tuesday “a historical day, because
this is the first step to de-Islamize the Netherlands.”
others had more critical comments.
is completely disproportionate, and the only effect will be that many of these
women will stay at home even more,” Sen. Ruard Ganzevoort said following the
is actually virtually a complete ban because the only spaces that are still
available for women (who wear face-covering clothing) are the street and the
private sector,” Annelies Moors, professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the
University of Amsterdam, told Al Jazeera.
debate surrounding face-covering veils has surfaced in many countries around
the world, with different sides portraying the ban as an attack on religious
freedom or a necessity to enforce national security.
isn’t the first time a country has passed a law that regulates what Muslim
other countries have enacted bans or attempted to criminalize full-face veils.
month, Denmark’s parliament passed a law banning Muslim women from wearing
burqas and niqabs in public buildings, starting in August. And in 2011, France
was the first country to officially ban niqabs in public spaces.
restrictions against face-covering garments are also in place in countries like
Belgium, Austria, and regions in Switzerland. The Canadian province of Quebec
instituted a law that prohibits people from receiving public services or
working for the government if their faces are covered. And German Chancellor
Angela Merkel has also considered enacting a similar ban.
of the veils argue that the ban makes public spaces safer and encourages
foreigners to assimilate into the country’s culture.
supporters of religious freedom argue that the act of wearing the burqa or
niqab should be a right guaranteed to women. They also argue that the bans are
instituted as a discriminatory act against Muslims.
the Denmark ban was enacted last month, Amnesty International’s Europe Director
Gauri van Gulik called it a discriminatory violation of women’s rights. “All
women should be free to dress as they please and to wear clothing that
expresses their identity or beliefs,” she said
over the fervour with which its women’s wing led an effective countrywide
campaign on instant Triple Talaq (divorce) issue, the All India Muslim Personal
Law Board is mulling a proposal to give its women members a larger role to play
in creating awareness about ‘Shariah’ (Muslim law).
executive committee of the apex religious body of Muslims would meet at Darul
ul-Uloom Nadwatul Ulema in Lucknow on July 15 to chalk out a way forward on how
to spread awareness about Shariah laws with the help of its women members and social
the significance, not to mention the reach of the social media, the religious
body is of the view that the propaganda against Muslims laws should be
countered on the same media.
may also constitute a special panel for the purpose.
Board is very happy over the way its women members played an active role and
lead a countrywide protest demonstration over the passing of TT Bill in
Parliament,” said Maulana Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahli, a member of the board’s
said the campaign not only created awareness but also helped in removing
misconceptions among both Muslims and non-Muslims that instant triple divorce
was one of the most deplorable practise and should be shunned by the community.
members of the Board would be holding a meeting of their own in Hyderabad on
June 30 and July 1 to discuss the rights of women in Islam and how they can
educate and spread awareness on this among the community. They would place
these suggestions and any other demand they may have before the EC meeting on
July 15,” said the cleric.
would be AIMPLB’s first meeting in Nadwa after showing the door to one of its
prominent member and Nadwa cleric Maulana Salman Nadwi in February this year,
for holding parleys with Art of Living Founder Sri Sri Ravishankar for an
out-of-court settlement of the Ram Janam Bhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute in
Board would review the progress of the court case on Ayodhya dispute and plan
future course of strategy to counter the misinformation campaign being led by
vested interests for a mutually acceptable out of court solution of the
group of Afghan Air Force fixed-wing pilots graduated in Czech Republic after
completing a 15-month training program.
NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in a statement said “The newest Afghan Air
Force fixed-wing pilots, including two women, graduated today from a 15-month
training program in the Czech Republic.”
to Resolute Support Mission “The pilots received ground, flight & English
training. They now bring those skills to the battlefield.”
Resolute Support Mission had earlier said the Afghan Air Force (AAF) will
graduate its newest group of 24 pilots of fixed wing aircraft, including two
female pilots, at a graduation ceremony at the Lom Praha Flight Training Center
(CLV) in Pardubice, Czech Republic, June 27.
a Resolute Support Mission report published on 23rd June, the ceremony will
recognize the proficiency reached throughout the 15-month training during which
students received ground and flight training as well as English training. These
graduates are now qualified to operate three different kinds of fixed-wing
Cessna (150, 172, 208).
report further added that they will further develop their skills through
additional training in Afghanistan.
the Afghan Air Force has one female pilot, but thanks to the efforts carried
out by the Afghan Ministry of Defense more women have been encouraged to pursue
a career in the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, including the Air
students went through the same coursework and were held to the same standards
as their male counterparts, and were able to meet and, in some areas, exceed
their training goals, according to Resolute Support Mission report.
comes as efforts are underway by the Afghan government and the international
allies of Afghanistan to boost the capabilities of the Afghan national defense
and security forces, specifically the Afghan Air Force.
coalition forces officials in Afghanistan had earlier said that the size of the
Afghan Air Force will be tripled over the next five years with the addition of
new equipment and aircraft.
Hamida Shahid is seeking election for a provincial assembly seat in a remote
and conservative area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province against two male
candidates and is hopeful of winning the seat.
am getting an excellent response not only from female voters but also male
voters of the area,” Shahid, who is contesting election from Upper Dir, told
Arab News on the telephone.
recently women in the Upper Dir area were not allowed to vote, let alone
contest elections for a provincial or national assembly seat.
political parties in the area have decided unanimously that women voters will
not be barred from casting their votes,” she said, “I am also trying to create
awareness among women voters about the importance of their ballot on election
who is a fashion designer and businesswoman, said that she will work for the
provision of education and health facilities in the area if elected to the
of our women die during pregnancy each year due to lack of health facilities
and thousands of our children are out of school. This needs to be changed and I
will try my best to change it,” she said.
said that about 50 percent of men in her constituency had so far assured her of
their vote and that more would announce their support in the coming days. “They
(male voters) are supporting me as their daughter, sister and mother and I
think this is a healthy sign for our democracy,” she said.
says that a large number of men are also campaigning for her in the hilly areas
of the constituency. “This will help change the perception in the society so
that both men and women are seen as equal and that women can equally contribute
to the betterment of the society,” she said.
to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), 152 women candidates have filed
their nomination papers in Balochistan — as well as 350 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
province, 403 from Sindh province and 1,100 from Punjab province — to contest
the election to be held on July 25.
analysts said that the increasing participation of women in the electoral
process was a healthy sign for democracy in the country. They, however, linked
the number of women candidates to the Elections Act’s provision that makes it
mandatory for political parties to allocate at least five percent of their
tickets to women candidates.
political party ... while making the selection of candidates on general seats
shall ensure at least five percent representation of women candidates,” the
Elections Act 2017 states.
Bukhsh Rais, a political analyst, said that the Elections Act had helped to
create space for women candidates to contest elections and credit was due to
the previous parliament for passing this historic law.
have been contesting direct election in Pakistan in the past too but they used
to come from elite and well-established families only,” he told Arab News.
said that the Elections Act had allowed political parties to allocate tickets
to women from the working class too, especially in remote and conservative
areas that were previously contested and ruled by landlords only.
said that though participation of women in politics is an old tradition in
Pakistan, this time more women were challenging male candidates in the
is a new trend in our politics and also reflects the positive transformation of
our society,” he said.
are a total of 342 seats in the National Assembly and 272 of them are filled by
direct elections. In addition, the Pakistani constitution reserves 10 seats for
religious minorities and 60 seats for women, to be filled by proportional
representation among parliamentary parties.
a total of 128 seats are reserved for women in the provincial assemblies,
including 66 in Punjab, 29 in Sindh, 22 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 11 in
these reserved seats, women candidates are also seeking to get elected to the
National Assembly and provincial assemblies through direct elections.
Lashari, another woman candidate from Jacobabad district in Sindh province,
said that she had been conducting her campaign for a provincial assembly seat
and was “receiving good response from the female voters.”
said that it was not easy to convince the male voters of her constituency to
give her their ballot because the “majority of them are not educated but I am
trying my best to persuade them for their vote.”
said that many women candidates contested direct elections in the interior of
Sindh but the majority of them come from well-settled families. “I come from a
humble background and am quite optimistic to make a mark in this election,” she
told Arab News.
Bari, a political analyst and academic, said that political parties had awarded
tickets to the majority of female candidates from losing constituencies to
merely fulfil the legal requirement, but “this too will help increase
acceptability of women’s political role in society.”
said that mainstream political parties had failed to address women's issues and
it was now the responsibility of women candidates from all parties to not only
raise their voice for marginalized segments of society but to try to address
their genuine grievances.
form almost half of the population of Pakistan and their active participation
in politics is bound to bring positive and healthy changes in the society and
our democratic setup,” Bari said.
- Saudi Arabia has arrested a prominent women’s rights activist, campaigners
said Wednesday, in a widening crackdown even as the kingdom celebrates the end
of a decades-long ban on female motorists.
al-Fassi’s detention was reported by multiple activists including London-based
Saudi rights group ALQST, following a wave of arrests of women campaigners who
long challenged the driving ban.
news on more arrests amongst Saudi female activists.. professor @HatoonALFASSI
is under arrest. She actively participated in #Women2Drive campaigns,” tweeted
exiled Saudi activist Manal al-Sharif.
family was not immediately reachable for comment and Saudi authorities did not
respond to requests for comment.
a professor at Riyadh’s King Saud University who long campaigned for the right
to drive, last appeared active on Twitter on Thursday.
had been planning to drive on Sunday, when women celebrated taking the wheel
for the first time in decades as the kingdom overturned the world’s only ban on
is as if I have been recognised as an equal citizen,” Fassi was quoted as
saying last week by Arab News, a Saudi daily, after she received a driving
planning to drive with my husband and children around Riyadh. Celebrating will
be the first aim, then I will see where I need to go on that day.”
much-trumpeted driving reform is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s
plan to modernise the conservative kingdom.
it has been dented by the jailing of female activists who long opposed the ban.
have said nine of 17 arrested people remain behind bars, accused of undermining
security and aiding enemies of the state.
detainees include 28-year-old Loujain al-Hathloul - also held in 2014 for more
than 70 days for attempting to drive from neighbouring United Arab Emirates to
Saudi Arabia - and Aziza al-Yousef, a retired professor at Riyadh’s King Saud
newspapers have published front-page pictures of some of the activists with the
word “traitor” stamped across them in red.
Rights Watch last week said the kingdom has arrested two more female activists
and many others have been barred from travelling outside the kingdom, in what
it denounced as an “unrelenting crackdown”.
some of the crown prince’s ardent supporters have labelled the crackdown a
has been seen as a calculated move both to placate clerics incensed by his
modernisation drive and also to send a clear signal to activists that the prince
alone is the arbiter of change.
A Saudi young woman has composed a rap song “We Are Driving” to celebrate the
lifting of the ban on women driving in the kingdom.
her Hijazi rap song, in reference to the western part of Saudi Arabia, Leesa
celebrated the glory of the historic 10/10 date.
date refers the tenth day of the tenth month of the lunar-based Islamic
calendar, Shawwal, and corresponds to June 24 when the ban was lifted.
forget that today is the tenth day and this means no need for taxis. I am not
kidding, today I can serve (drive) myself,” she sang.
also offered safety advice to women driving on busy roads, stressing the
importance of buckling up.Saudi and Gulf women on Sunday celebrated with the
right of women to drive in the kingdom.
decision was announced in a royal decree in September but several months were
alotted to prepare the logistics for the event, including setting up driving
schools and finding experienced women driving instructors.
Arabia also enacted a strict anti-harassment law to ensure the full safety of
women drivers on roads.
— Saudi businesswomen expect that the lifting of the ban on women driving would
create more job opportunities for women as the move will facilitate their
employment and will reflect positively on their social life.
Al-Baluchi said economic projections show that the driving decision will create
500,000 job opportunities in the next 10 years. “Official figures state that
Saudi women participation in the labor market does not exceed 22 percent. The
Kingdom's Vision 2030 seeks to increase this to 30 percent by 2030,” Baluchi
general rate of unemployment is 12 percent and the unemployment of women is 33
percent. The government had to restructure the economic and social status of
the country to enable more women to join the workforce,” said Baluchi.
driving freedom, she said, will solve the transportation problem that faces
particularly women from middle-income families. The Saudi government has
decided to restructure the economic and social situation in order to enhance
women's participation in the labor market.
Eman Al-Ghalib, another businesswoman, said every Saudi woman now lives a
historic moment that has been long awaited. She noted that many Saudi women
used to drive outside the country, but their dream of driving in the country
has come true during the reign of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman
and Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman.
driving decision has come along with other women empowerment decisions that are
going to transform the life of women in the Kingdom," she said, adding
that now women are going to be major participants in the development of the
one expected the Saudi woman to break so many grounds. The Saudi woman is now
able to drive a private car, a truck or even a motorcycle. She can now even
work as a taxi driver and have an income,” said Al-Ghalib.
Bukhari, an engineer, said the historic decision will reflect positively on car
sales and maintenance sectors. “Driving will remove the obstacles that face
women employment,” she said.
lot of working women have been depending on drivers and taxis or even male
members of their families to drive them to work. But now the excuse of not
having a driver is no longer a valid one. Women will also be able to save money
as hiring foreign driver can take up to SR3,000 a month from her monthly
salary,” said Bukhari.
move is also expected to drop companies spending on the transport of female
Mudhish, a media person, called on the public to stop mocking women drivers on
social media. “Unfortunately some people are opposing the decision and they do
not respect the benefits of the decision to the country,” she said.
to Mudhish, women driving will reduce the recruitment of drivers, protect
children who will be dropped by mothers, reduce accidents and crimes. "In
addition, it will allow women to work," she said.
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young brides who were set to become the first female suicide bombers in
Indonesia did not show any remorse about what they were preparing to do, an
Australian-based filmmaker says.
Huda Ismail's new documentary The Bride (Pengantin) explores how former
Indonesian migrant workers, Dian Yulia Novi and Ika Puspitasari, became
Ismail, also the founder of the Institute for International Peace Building in
Indonesia, and his colleague, Rizka, the documentary's narrator, met the two
convicted female terrorists in prison, where they revealed how they were
influenced by Islamic jihadists online and persuaded to marry the men.
Ismail said both Dian and Ika had not yet showed remorse for what had happened,
adding that individuals who were arrested and jailed did not necessary
"deradicalise, they just disengage".
29, was living in Taiwan when she learned about Jihad and the Islamic State
(IS) group on social media.
individuals who travel to completely different countries … need to adjust, and
sometimes during the period of adjustment they do not cope well, so they tend
to move into completely different outlets," Mr Ismail told the ABC's The
media has been a place for them to get meaning and understanding of the world
and her husband, Nur Solihin, communicated through Facebook and then via an
encrypted social media platform, Telegram.
married Solihin in October 2016 even though they never met face-to-face, and
she did not even inform her family about their marriage.
months later, in December, Dian was arrested after police uncovered her plan to
blow herself up outside Jakarta's Presidential Palace during the changing of
linked the attackers to the Syria-based Indonesian extremist group Bahrun Naim,
who had been trying to inspire an attack in Indonesia for more than a year.
was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in jail by a Jakarta court last year,
in what has become a growing trend of women involved in terrorist plots.
Ismail said the women that become radicalised were normally isolated from their
community, had good internet access and turned to social media to learn
something or connect with others.
said "radical groups, like ISIS, they specifically target them" in
the past … when people were getting radicalised in violent terrorism it was
taking so long, maybe six years."
a few days after Dian's arrest, Ika was also arrested for allegedly plotting a
suicide bombing in Bali on New Year's Eve.
Hong Kong housemaid married an Indonesian IS supporter named Zaenal Akbar, and
was sentenced to four years in prison.
Nuraniyah, an analyst at Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of
Conflict (IPAC), told the ABC that Ika initially wanted to become a better
person by learning about Islam online.
the process a highly-spirited Ika was exploited by her husband to contribute
financially to IS," Ms Nuraniyah said.
when Ika's visa expired and she ran out money, she offered herself to become a
suicide bomber, Ms Nuraniyah said.
its July 2017 report, IPAC noted that a tiny cell of some 50 extremist domestic
workers has developed within the 153,000-strong Indonesian community in Hong
were exposed to hardline Islamic teleology such as Takfiri," Ms Nuraniyah
ideology used an Armageddon narrative and lured people by propagating how
Muslims were supposed to join the newly declared caliphate of IS, she said.
Nuraniyah said coming from a Muslim-majority country, Indonesian migrant
workers suddenly became a minority in their new environment.
Ismail said he hoped communities could use the film to build awareness around
the issues for female migrant workers.
– Insurance companies have emphasized that they would not differentiate between
men and women in determining vehicle insurance premiums.
Al-Eissa, spokesman of insurance companies, said: “We’ll deal with women like
men with regard to traffic accidents and all technical aspects related to car
said the same policy would be applied on comprehensive and third party
insurance. “Companies can provide additional services to women clients like
special assistance,” he added.
said insurance companies were trying to woo the largest number of female
clients following the introduction of women driving in the Kingdom, either by
giving them good discounts or providing additional services.
companies have established women’s sections to extend services to female
clients,” he said while speaking to Al-Hayat Arabic daily.
expert Luay Abdu said companies are not given full freedom to fix premiums like
before as the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), which is the Kingdom’s
insurance regulator, has resorted to electronic devices to set a suitable
is no difference in pricing premiums for vehicles owned by women compared to
those owned by men,” Abdu told Al-Hayat. He expected a remarkable increase in
comprehensive and third party insurance sales in the coming months.
will increase by 5 percent in the first year, 10 percent in the second year and
15 to 20 percent in third year,” Abdu said. “Some insurance companies have
already appointed women employees to deal with female drivers and accident
cases involving them,” he pointed out.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Maghlouth said he expected a 15 percent increase in third party
insurance following the introduction of women driving. “The demand for car
insurance will rise by 70 percent in coming months,” he added.
Salim Baujaja, economics professor at Taif University, said Saudis spend SR25
billion annually on foreign family drivers. “Saudis spend part of their revenue
on salaries and air tickets of expat drivers and I believe the lifting of ban
on women driving would reduce this expenditure,” he said.
said the decision to lift the ban would increase car sales by 20 to 25 percent.
“It will also have a positive impact on a number of related economic sectors
such as car workshops, accessories and insurance,” he added.
said the move would reduce unemployment rate among women as it removes one of
the major obstacles before women workers.
— Three Saudi women engineers won the first place in an international
competition held in Panama.
Al-Mousli, Rawan Baik and Lina Hussain, industrial engineering students from
King Abdulaziz University, competed against 23,000 participants from 40
different countries. The annual competition is organized by an international
competition challenges the participants to develop a strategy for a high
profile trademark with a budget of $1 billion. The participants need to display
skills in marketing, business management, human resources, strategy development
competition had three phases. The first phase was held in the Kingdom between
national universities. The second phase was in India with the participation of
teams from Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and India. The winning team was the
Kingdom. In the final phase Canada, Mexico, France and the Kingdom competed.
three engineers said they were proud and happy to represent the Kingdom and to
prove to the world that there are women engineers in the Kingdom. They said
they were proud to change the stereotype of the Middle Eastern woman.
— The first female captain in Careem ride hailing service has a degree in
health quality assurance.
Farahat owns her own quality assurance consultancy company and yet finds the
time to work as a Careem driver to prove to the world that the Saudi woman is
able to work in any field and excel.
a woman, many of the women passengers will feel safer with me because I know
what are the things that bother them about male drivers. I was warned by the
Careem's trainer about the harassment drivers could face. I found great support
at the company itself. There is a protocol to follow if the passenger does
anything inappropriate,” said Farahat.
the other hand, the first woman captain to work for Uber is Ekhlas Al-Baluchi.
She completed her first ride on Tuesday.
said she applied for the position the moment the company announced it was
welcoming women drivers in April.
company said they accept any applicants who are over 20 years old with a valid
driver’s license and insurance on their car.
women set to take seats in Turkey's parliament
representation in Turkey’s parliament has hit a new high.
the wake of the landmark June 24 elections, a total of 103 women will take
seats in the 600-seat parliament, according to unofficial results.
makes for a rate of women’s representation of 17.1 percent, up from 14.7
percent in the last parliament.
People's Democratic Party (HDP) takes the lead in women representation, making
up 25 of the HDP's 67 lawmakers.
comes the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party with 53 women among its 295
comes the main opposition CHP, which has 18 deputies among its 147 lawmakers.
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has five women among its 49 lawmakers.
new Good (IYI) Party has three women among 43 lawmakers.
to official results of Sunday's elections, the Justice and Development (AK)
Party won 295 seats in the 600-member Grand National Assembly.
CHP came in second, claiming 146 seats, while the Peoples' Democratic Party
(HDP) secured 67 seats, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) 49 seats, and the
IYI Party 43 seats.
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