Women in the Public Sphere
When Saudi Arabia permitted women to vote but not drive, a newspaper cartoon last year captured the double standard with dark irony. As a group of women in burqa wait in line to vote at a polling station in Riyadh, an aggressive-looking polling agent tells the women, “We have a small problem here. We need your driver’s licence as identification.”
Saudi Arabia has permitted its first group of women to practise law in the Kingdom's courts. Four female lawyers were granted licences by the Ministry of Justice on Sunday, allowing them to change their status from legal consultants to attorneys, according to local media.
A core KVINFO initiative, Ekspertdatabasen, which is a database on women experts in various fields, has been appointed a best practice by the European Institute for Gender Equality, EIGE. The database has been the model for the similar Who is She databases that are currently running in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Palestine and are under construction in Tunisia and Morocco as partnership projects between KVINFO and a local parner.
Women experts constitute only 24.4 % of media expert, an English study shows, and during the Irish EU presidency women and media had special attention as a focus area.
A total of 14 European best practices have been appointed.
“The main goal of Maharat is to build capacity. It is an employability programme; it aims at building capacities of youths, to provide them with all the skills they need in the labour market. We came up with 10 competences that have to do with behaviour,” said Nayef Z. Stetieh, president and CEO of BDC.'
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A group of Saudi activists has begun another campaign to lift the ban on women driving, urging women to get behind the wheel on 26 October in defiance, according to its website.
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Saudi Arabia's secretive ruling family is mulling allowing women to attend soccer matches. No Saudi official has suggested that the controversial issue is under discussion but if past experience is any indication, a series of statements and denials suggests that a debate is underway.
An Emirati designer has created a new brand to hit the United Arab Emirates, taking the traditional one-piece abaya – a common Muslim female dress in the Gulf – and breaking it in two(...) Badreya Faisal said that 'Any woman who is an example of gracefully crossing over between Middle Eastern and Western fashion with the same elegance, sophistication and individuality' would be her ideal woman to dress.
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The Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI-Jordan) on Sunday said women’s poor representation as leaders and members of political parties will adversely reflect on their chances to win parliamentary seats at the national level.
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