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Saudi Arabia: State Schools to Allow Girls’ Sports

Key Reforms to Male Guardianship System Still Needed (Beirut) – Saudi Arabia’s reversal of its longstanding ban on sports for women and girls in public schools is a vital step forward, Human Rights Watch said today. But serious hurdles, including the country’s male guardianship system, remain in place, preventing women from fully accessing the education and health benefits of sports exercise. The ...

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Meet the Saudi Woman Who Ignited a Firestorm When She Got Behind the Wheel

This story by Joyce Hackel originally appeared on PRI.org on June 14, 2017. It is republished here as part of a partnership between PRI and Global Voices. When Manal al-Sharif posted a video of herself driving in Saudi Arabia in 2011, she angered many in the deeply conservative kingdom. “The worst backlash was from the religious establishment,” she says. “They took the Friday sermons, and they ...

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Saudi Arabia: Free Women’s rights activist Loujain Al-Hathloul

On 04 June 2017 at about 3pm local time, Saudi security forces at King Fahd International Airport in Dammam arrested and detained women’s driving activist Loujain Al-Hathloul upon her arrival from the United States to start a family visit with her husband. Reports received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) confirm that on 05 June 2017 she was ...

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WAN-IFRA Announces 2017 Laureates of the Women in News Editorial Leadership Award

The Women in News Editorial Leadership Award recognises an exemplary contribution of an Editor to her newsroom – and under her leadership the contribution of her newspaper – to society. WAN-IFRA has named an editor from Egypt and editor from Kenya as Winners of the WAN-IFRA Women in News Editorial Leadership Award Karima Kamal, columnist and contributing editor for the ...

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Google doodle goes with Zaha Hadid’s flow

Famed Iraqi-born British architect was the first woman awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize. Zaha Hadid, an Iraqi-born British architect, was known for her dramatic designs frequently incorporating curved glass as a key element. Thirteen years ago Wednesday, Hadid shattered a metaphorical glass ceiling when she became the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the most prestigious award ...

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The 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in March this year on the economic empowerment of women

Proposed Legislations amendments measures for the action on the issue in Egyp International Conventions Issues raised in CSW 61 –March 2017 on Economic Empowerment of Women   ·         Article (11) in the Egyptian constitution, namely the paragraph that states: “The State shall ensure the achievement of equality between women and men in all civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights ...

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Saudi Arabia: King issues decree loosening some guardianship regulations, but women remain under control of men in most areas

On 17 April 2017, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz issued a Royal decree instructing governmental entities in Saudi Arabia to provide services for women without requiring the permission of their male guardians unless mandated by a legal regulation. Yet, two women are currently imprisoned under the Guardianship system. The decree listed four specific orders to that extent: 1) For all governmental ...

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Feminist Economics in Egypt

Dr. Salwa Elantary Is there gender sensitive economic research in Egypt? My answer is yes. Is there feminist economics in Egypt? My answer is: not yet. It is still “work in progress”! In order to clarify the difference between the two concepts, let me first define the term “feminist economics”. Actually, this term refers to the part of economic research ...

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