she studied and practiced the complex field of neurology, Aisha Al-Hajjaj says
her passion always lied in diving.
Election 2018: Malala Yousafzai Urges Women to Vote In Large Numbers
Candidates Determined To Change Political Scene In Pakistan
to Have Women-Friendly Sports Complex in Three Years, Minister Says
Court Annuls Marriage of 11-Year-Old Girl to Man Aged 40
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Neurologist Forms All-Female Diving Group to Protect Marine Life
— Saudi neurosurgeon Aisha Al-Hajjaj was able to gather and train dozens of
female divers under her environmental initiative called "Aisha’s
Oceans" to pick up plastic and other rubbish from the bottom of the ocean
as well as the beaches on the east coast of Saudi Arabia.
Hajjaj has studied and practiced the complex field of neurology, she says her
passion always lied in diving and being near the sea.
turned her diving hobby into a lifestyle, and created a group of volunteer
women whom she trained in diving, and sought out to better the marine
environment in the Gulf.
their last trip, the rubbish and plastic that the women collected were
Gulf countries that at the center of oil and gas industries now were once
characterized by fishing, diving especially in search of pearls and the desert
lifestyle. These characteristics attracted me to learn how to swim and dive,”
Hajjaj told Al-Arabiya.
started Aisha’s Oceans, which is the first group of women divers in the eastern
region of Saudi Arabia, and I was able to train 30 young women who went through
intense diving and sailing trainings,” Hajjaj added.
said the women were also trained on how to use the various diving equipment.
says her team of volunteers aims to create a difference by removing garbage and
saving marine life. This especially means removing fishing nets from the bottom
of the ocean where they find several marine life that are stuck in them, she
measures to protect nature allow offenses to be met with confidence, concerns
remain as the number of seabed wastes grows, said Hajjaj. — Al-Arabiya English
Laureate and education activist, Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday urged the people
of Pakistan, specially the women to vote in general elections. (Live Updates)
a tweet, Malala urged the Pakistanis to get up, and exercise their right to
people of Pakistan - especially women - the power is in your hands,” she said,
adding that “Democracy shall win”.
21-year-old Pakistani national, who lives in UK, did not say whether she voted.
2012, Malala was shot in the head, neck and shoulder by a Taliban militant
while travelling home from school after writing an anonymous diary about life
under the extremists.
recovering from her near-fatal injuries, she and her family relocated to
Birmingham, UK. She is studying politics, philosophy and economics at Lady
Margaret Hall in Oxford.
the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has directed its polling staff to
ensure proper guidance and assistance to voters, especially to elderly,
transgenders and pregnant women on the polling day.
Krishna Kumari Kohli, a female senator from Pakistan's Sindh province, became a
focus of local media and people a few months back for her being the first woman
lawmaker from a low-cast non-Muslim tribe in the Upper House of the country.
told Xinhua news agency that her entry into the Senate will open new doors for
women as they will see her as a role model and a beacon of hope to achieve
am the daughter of a poor tenant and spent a part of my childhood as a bonded
labourer, but my hard work and honesty to my cause of changing my life and life
of people around me have landed me in the Senate. If I can do it, other women
who are more educated and privileged than me can do it even better than
me," she said.
few months on, a woman from the same Thar district where Kohli belongs, is all
set to contest elections on Wednesday for the provincial assembly of Sindh.
tailor by profession, the provincial assembly candidate Sunita Parmar said in a
viral video on social media that she was keen to protect the interests of women
and work to release them from the shackles of poverty and ignorance.
want to change the condition of women in my area. I want to work for girls'
education and play my role in providing basic health facilities to them.
Political parties should accept women's existence and capabilities, as it is
the need of the hour," she said in the video.
Election Commission said that this year, political parties have fielded women
candidates in conservative areas.
Shahid is one such candidate from Dir district of the country's northwestern
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Xinhua reported.
were previously not allowed to leave the house to vote, but Shahid is
determined that she will change it by motivating women to stand up for their
rights. She said that women should join politics so that their fellows could
detail their problems to them, which they cannot tell male lawmakers.
mother of six added that she doesn't have any experience in politics. However,
if she wins the election, she will work for women's rights in her area.
to the country's law, it is mandatory for all political parties to allocate at
least 5 per cent of its seats to women candidates. The recently released
figures of the poll body showed that 11,885 candidates will contest elections.
Out of which, there are 305 women candidates which make about 5.2 per cent of the
total ticket holders contesting from political parties.
from this, there are 60 reserved seats for women in the National Assembly for
which women from different political parties are selected according to the
number of seats they win.
Mazhar, a journalist from Islamabad, said that despite the fact that women are
contesting, the chances of victory for most of the candidates are slim.
parties were sure about their defeat in certain constituencies and to fulfil
the 5 per cent mandatory quota for women representatives, they fielded women
from those constituencies while keeping the strong constituencies for the male
that, the Election Commission said that the elections will see the highest
number of women candidates contesting for the National Assembly seats in
Pakistan's electoral history.
many as 171 women candidates will be in the run against 272 seats of the
National Assembly. In 2013, 135 women contested the poll.
July 25 — Malaysia is to have its first women-friendly sports complex that will
have amenities such as a children’s nursery, spa and beauty salon, Housing and
Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said today.
said the complex was expected to be ready in three years, and it would also
have a swimming pool only for women and an indoor court as well as amenities
for disabled people and children accompanying the women.
think there is a need to provide such a facility because women require a
recreation area where they can be free and are not confined by various
constraints,” she said during a visit to a 6.07-hectare site here, one of the
four sites proposed for the complex.
said the complex would be equipped to organise international women’s sports
meets and cater to the needs of women tourists who wanted to engage in
another matter, she said the ministry was in the process of preparing its
Public Housing Policy that would be ready in September that would also look
into the need to build more affordable houses.
will also liaise with all the state governments on the need to provide more
land served by a network of amenities so as to build more affordable houses at
the lowest cost to enable the low-income people to own houses,” she said.
also said that the ministry would ensure that the prices of houses were
maintained at a manageable level even after the re-introduction of the Sales
and Service Tax (SST). — Bernama
Sudanese court has annulled the marriage of an 11-year-old girl to a
40-year-old man underlining that the marriage was illegal.
court has ruled that the girl should go back to her parents and placed a
restraining order against the husband.
to a press statement released by the girl’s lawyer, Abdel Fatah Hessen said he
maintained that “the court annulled the marriage because the court did not
previously allow it to happen”.
judge also ordered an investigation with the registered authority who
officiated the marriage in addition to ordering the girl’s father to protect
her and placed a restraining order against the husband.
girl in question is still in school and was married to the 40-year-old man with
the consent of her father back in January.
“bride” went to the police's Child Protection Unit, where she filed a complaint
against her husband, who has physically abused her after tying her up.
girl filed a complaint in the Personal Status Court in the Abu Adam district
south of Khartoum, demanding that the marriage be annulled, especially after
she was subjected to injuries and bleeding after providing proofs for her
In Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton, one of the most renowned hotels in the world, Saudi
female chefs have taken over the kitchen. Their mission? To show the world the
true meaning of Arabian hospitality by delighting visitors’ palates.
Traditional Saudi dishes are their specialty, but the cuisine is international,
ranging from Italian to Chinese.
chefs work in the hotel’s three restaurants: Hong, which features classic and
modern Chinese cuisine; Azzurro, where fresh, seasonal ingredients are used to
prepare classic Italian dishes with a modern twist; and Al Orjouan, an all-day
dining buffet that serves a large brunch on Fridays.
line with Vision 2030, the hotel opened its doors to female chefs two years
ago, becoming one of the first hotels in the Kingdom to employ women in the
kitchen. It now has 15 women chefs, with more on the way.
Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh is working in line with Saudi’s Vision 2030 in employing
females in all departments of the hotel, culinary included,” said hotel manager
Mohammed Marghalani. “However, we haven’t recruited them simply because they
are women but because they are competent and excel in what they do, and that
has always been our vision: To have a dedicated team of professionals that work
Al-Maha Al-Dossary, who grew up in Riyadh, was a corporate banker before
deciding to pursue her dream of cooking. Her journey is one that will inspire
at the bank was somewhat boring because it was routine. I would come back home,
cook and bake. An epiphany hit me while cooking and doing what I love, and that
was since I enjoy doing it so much, why don’t I make it my career? It was an
impulsive decision, but one I don’t regret. If you do what you love, you will
never work a day in your life.”
deciding to advance her career as a chef, Al-Dossary graduated from Le Cordon
Bleu culinary school in London. “I
studied there for three years. In the beginning, I was sure that I wanted to be
a pastry chef, but then I studied cuisine and I found the hot kitchen engaging
I returned from my studies, I applied at the Ritz because it’s an excellent hub
to improve yourself, since we have exposure and engagement.”
vegan chef, who enjoys a meat-free diet, is part of the Ritz-Carlton’s Voyager
program, which prepares chefs to become managers. Al-Dossary said: “I began
from the commissary, which receives food, and worked up to the Italian cuisine,
going through all the stages of kitchen work and taking it step by step to
learn the whole process.”
hopes to open a chain of vegan restaurants in the future.
chef Habeeba Abdullah began cooking at the age of 11. She cooked her first full
lamb with her uncle. “He kissed my forehead after we had completed the feast,
and I felt a sense of pride. His encouragement helped pave the path of my
culinary love, and his support made me feel I will be something big some day.”
is a member of the Saudi Arabian Chefs Association, which offered her the
chance to learn the art of making sushi, inviting her to a course in Jeddah.
The week-long course gave trainees a sense that they were truly in Japan, she
said, with Japanese chefs teaching her how to make sushi from scratch. “It was
a new experience and I wanted to be a part of the new generation and prepare foods
that they will enjoy.”
about her ambitions, she said: “I aspired from the beginning, from cooking at
home to cooking worldwide. I now consider myself (as if I were) working in the
royal palace, which is the start of my launch to worldwide.”
Al-Rumaih attributes her love of cooking to her upbringing. “My mother was my
inspiration. Ever since I was young, we would cook together. The Ritz-Carlton
gave me the chance to work in a world-renowned hotel and further my skills.”
Saudi food is Al-Rumaih’s specialty, and
she enjoys nothing more than seeing happy eaters who leave with a smile.
Um Abdullah Al-Maliki said: “I cook with love. Cooking is my passion. I make
breakfast in the morning for my kids. Then, after taking them to school, I cook
at the hotel and come back once more to make a delicious meal for my family.”
if she ever tires of the kitchen, since she basically spends all day in it, her
reply was “never.”
can you get bored with your passion? I consider myself lucky that I get to do
what I love, with love. No day goes without me being in the kitchen, whether at
home or in the hotel. It’s my element and one that I feel most happy in,” she
of the most challenging dining seasons is during Ramadan. Buffets are served after
sundown until the sun comes up. It is the busiest time of year for these chefs
— but also the most enjoyable.
happiness we feel when the serving dishes come back to kitchen empty is
indescribable,” Al-Maliki said.
demand was high, with the chefs serving more than 25 roasted lambs each day in
Ramadan, along with more than 180 kilograms of rice.
usually is a stressful time for us because of the workload, but I can honestly
say that it is the most memorable,” Al-Maliki said.
food is wasted or thrown away, since the Ritz-Carlton has partnered with a
charitable organization to distribute excess food to the needy throughout the
interviewing the female chefs, I noticed a young male Saudi chef helping the
women out. “We consider ourselves a family,” said Salah Al-Dien bin Taleb, a
junior sous chef.
has been at the Ritz for two years, and was surprised when the women joined.
must say that I was surprised by their persistence in doing a good job and
their high work ethic. Even in the simplest of things, they are extremely
detailed. Also, they do not restrict themselves to a certain cuisine. The sky’s
the limit, and they are always determined to learn new things.”
of us have the same dream, which is to have Saudi cuisine featured
internationally in restaurants worldwide. That is what we are working hard
for,” said chef Reem Al-Saeed.
Arabia is large, with many different regions that serve a vast variety of
dishes. All tastes are satisfied, because of the large selection we have.”
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