BY Amy Bucknam in Feminizzle on Oct 10, 2012 |
IKEA has been under fire this past week after it was revealed that they had airbrushed all the women out of the images in their annual catalog for IKEA Saudi Arabia.
They have since apologized and expressed their “regret” for the situation, telling the Associated Press, "We should have reacted and realized that excluding women from the Saudi Arabian version of the catalog is in conflict with the IKEA Group values."
The company’s home ... Read More
BY Diana Denza in General on Jul 31, 2012 |
It started with Saudi Twitter user Sultan Al Hilali, who posted a hash tag that translates as “Prostitutes of the Olympics.” Some tweeted in support of the vile phrase, but supporters of Saudi Arabia’s first two female Olympians flocked to the rescue, drowning out their ignorant and misogynistic words of hatred.It’s no secret that it hasn’t been smooth sailing for Wojdan Shaherkani (Judo) and Sarah Attar (athletics), female athletes from a ... Read More
BY Intern Ginny in General on Mar 22, 2012 |
Though it's long overdue, this week we can celebrate the announcement that, after years of international pressure, Saudi Arabia will most likely send female athletes to the 2012 Olympic games in London. Furthermore, a female Saudi Arabian sports commentator, Reema Abdullah, revealed that she'll get to carry the Olympic torch. Saudi Arabia, which has never sent women to the Olympics, met with the International Olympics Committee (IOC) last week to present a list of ... Read More
BY Grace Evans in Feminizzle on Jun 29, 2011 |
5 women were arrested for driving in Saudi Arabia, after almost two weeks of a hands-off approach by the authorities. Did they just have a delayed reaction, or did the Saudi religious police hesitate because they thought women would get bored of increased autonomy and independence?
Four young women were arrested in a single car being driven by one of them in the Dorat Al Aroos area of Jeddah yesterday morning. The religious police, also known as the ... Read More
BY Grace Evans in Feminizzle on Jun 22, 2011 |
Saudi Women for Driving, a coalition comprised of Saudi academics, bloggers and activists, are putting pressure on leading car manufacturers to pull out of Saudi Arabia until women have the right to drive.
They have approached Subaru first because it is heavily marketed at women and sponsors women’s surf festivals, triathlons and ski events as well as the Outstanding Woman in Science Award for the Geological Society of America. The online petition on ... Read More
BY Grace Evans in Feminizzle on Jun 09, 2011 |
"We did not break the law. We were not driving on the road,” one Saudi woman said after being arrested for practicing her driving skills. Today five women were arrested for driving in three cars in an empty lot in the Hettein district in Saudi Arabia when two police officers arrived to detain them. Next week a nation-wide protest by women who oppose the ban against female drivers will take place in the country.
In Saudi Arabia there is no ... Read More
BY Lisa Kirchner in Feminizzle on Jun 17, 2010 |
In a print edition of the New York Times I oddly came across last weekend, I read an article by Katherine Zoepf about a woman in Saudi Arabia who is leading a campaign called, "My Guardian Knows What's Best for Me." Simply put, all women in Saudi Arabia are accorded legal and human rights by their closest, eldest male relative. This typically goes from father to husband. And eventually to son, but that's getting ahead of the story. The point being, one ... Read More