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The Key to Our Development Challenges? Empowered Women

HRH Princess Lamia bin Majed AlSaud | Posted 09.28.2016 | Women
HRH Princess Lamia bin Majed AlSaud

Tackling gender inequality is one of the most important challenges the world faces in the twenty-first century. In recognition of this, world lead...

What to Do About Saudi Arabia

Joseph Braude | Posted 09.11.2016 | World
Joseph Braude

American policymakers share a concern that the Saudi government, Saudi charities, and wealthy Saudi individuals continue to promote extremism around t...

A Personal Window to Saudi Women On the Rise

Eisenhower Fellowships | Posted 03.08.2016 | Impact
Eisenhower Fellowships

In an effort to shed some light on what may seem like a black box, I offer you a window into my life and some of the women that I am blessed to call my friends. I admire these ladies and chose to highlight them because of the challenges they had to overcome to get to where they are.

In Saudi Arabia, Social Media Is Helping Reveal The Harassment Of Women

The Huffington Post | Sara Elkamel | Posted 08.07.2015 | World

Two videos showing men harassing women on city streets in Saudi Arabia have spread across social media networks in recent weeks, renewing debate about...

Saudi Women Hope For Greater Rights In 2015

OZY | Emily Cadei | Posted 12.11.2014 | World

By EMILY CADEI -- OZY Saudi Arabian women’s headline-grabbing 2011 driving protests were a seminal moment for women’s rights in this ultraconse...

Behind Closed Doors, Women Are Leading a Revolution in Saudi Arabia

Holly Williams | Posted 02.02.2015 | World
Holly Williams

On a recent trip to Effat, while on assignment for CBS News, one civil engineering major told me that she and her classmates intend to "invade the workplace" when they graduate in June. "The future is open to them," the dean of graduate studies told me. "They think they can reach to the skies."

Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud: Continuing the Conversation About Breast Cancer Within Saudi Arabia

Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud

There are beacons of hope, drum beats starting in far corners of the world, people working to change the conversation and create awareness. Nowhere is this more apparent than my home, Saudi Arabia.

Saudi-Qatari Rivalry Spills onto the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 10.31.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Unable to persuade Qatari leaders to drop their support for the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups, Saudi Arabia appears determined to deprive its tiny neighbor of its regional soccer supremacy.

Saudi Arabia May Start Allowing School Sports For Girls

Reuters | Posted 06.09.2014 | World

By Angus McDowall RIYADH, April 9 (Reuters) - Saudi authorities have been asked to consider lifting a state school ban on sports for ...

Top Saudi Cleric Scolds Women For Going To Doctor Alone

Agence France Presse | | Posted 04.15.2014 | World

Saudi Arabia has imposed a total ban on advertisements for energy drinks and prohibited their sale in educational and sports facilities and government...

College Student's Song Will Make You Stand In Unity With Saudi Arabian Woman

Posted 10.28.2013 | Good News

Rotana Tarabzouni has a big voice, and she's using it to protest Saudi Arabia's ban on women drivers. Last week, in preparation for the October 26 ...

Saudi King's Female Advisors Challenge Driving Ban

Reuters | Angus McDowall | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - Women members of Saudi Arabia's influential Shoura Council which advises King Abdullah have propos...

WATCH LIVE: Saudi Women Initiate A New Day Of Defiance

HuffPost Live | Posted 09.23.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

A new campaign urging Saudi Arabian women to hold a day of defiance against the country's driving ban is underway. At the time of press, an online pet...

WATCH: Quran Memorization Gets A Spunky Female Hero With "Wadjda" Film

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 08.14.2013 | Religion

Saudi's first feature film is groundbreaking on many levels, featuring the kingdom's first female director, Haifaa Al Mansour, and a female lead. It...

Tweet About Harassing Saudi Working Women Ignites Controversy

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 05.30.2013 | World

A Saudi Arabian author who has drawn the ire of women's advocates for appearing to urge his large Twitter following to harass working women now says h...

Saudi Arabia to Allow Women Into Stadiums

James Dorsey | Posted 07.22.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Saudi Arabia, under domestic and international pressure to grant women sporting rights, is creating separate stadium sections so that female spectators and journalists can attend soccer matches in a country that has no public physical education or sporting facilities for women.

Saudi Women Edge Toward Equal Rights Reform

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

The Arab Spring uprisings have pushed back reforms of gender discriminatory laws in the region. It would be ironic if the course of women's rights in one of the most repressive Muslim countries flowed against this trend.

Standing up for Saudi Arabia's 'Prostitutes'

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.04.2013 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Last Sunday, history was made in Saudi Arabia when the recently sworn-in Shura Council, the country's consultative assembly, held its first session with 30 women appointees participating for the first time.

Middle East Soccer Associations Campaign for Women's Right to Play

James Dorsey | Posted 03.24.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Middle Eastern soccer associations have launched a campaign to put women's soccer on par with men's football in a region in which a woman's right to play and pursue an athletic career remains controversial and at a time at which political Islam is on the rise.

Saudi Women Speak Out

Leah McElrath | Posted 10.17.2012 | World
Leah McElrath

The images of two strong, courageous young Saudi women athletes will forever exist as part of Saudi history. If you listen to the voices of the women interviewed herein, you can hear that a bell of hope and expectation has been rung.

Opening the Door at Last

Anita L. DeFrantz | Posted 09.16.2012 | Sports
Anita L. DeFrantz

When the Modern Olympic Movement was created in 1894, there was no thought of women competing at the Olympic Games. That has now changed.

Globalizing Title IX

Kenneth L. Shropshire | Posted 08.25.2012 | Sports
Kenneth L. Shropshire

What remains to be done 40 years after the signing of Title IX? Saudi Arabia's agreement to permit women to participate in the Olympics for the first time is an interesting reference point as this moment is celebrated.

Saudi Women Take The Wheel

Sasha von Oldershausen | Posted 06.18.2012 | World

It’s a Saudi sit-in. Except these women aren’t occupying King Abdullah Street... they’re sitting in their cars. Women all over Saudi Arabia a...

Girls' School In Saudi Arabia Flouts Religious Ban With Basketball

Posted 05.04.2012 | Good News

Flouting a religious ban on female sports, a school in Saudi Arabia has become the first state-run girls' school in the country to openly allow their ...

Saudi Arabia May Consider Allowing Women's Sport Clubs

Reuters | Posted 06.28.2012 | World

LONDON, April 28 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has set up a ministerial committee to consider allowing women's sports clubs, al-Watan daily newspaper rep...