When we speak of international women's rights, it's tempting to think of them as a destination -- a large, glittering city that we travel towards, hoping one day to arrive there and find that all has changed in our favor. The denizens of that city, we think, live in perfect harmony, and women and men stand equal in economic, social and political status. Yet like a desert mirage, the more steps we take towards that city, the further it seems to retreat from our view. Things seem grim for women wherever you look.
The Brave Female Activists Who Fought to Lift Saudi Arabia’s Driving Ban
Women's Bodies Were the Ultimate Battleground of War-Torn | HuffPost
After more than two decades of campaigning, Saudi women activists are celebrating a long-awaited victory: the right to drive a car. But the road to reform has been — and still is — a long and arduous one. Women who defied the ban by driving have faced harassment, intimidation, arrest and even detention. Women have to wait until June before they can actually drive. Until , there was a customary ban on women driving. During the first Gulf War, Saudi women could not fail to notice that female American soldiers based in Saudi Arabia drove freely through military bases while they could not.
Different terms are used in different countries. For example, in Tunisia, where the trigger event occurred self-immolation by street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi on December 17, , the term Sidi-Bouzid revolution was widely used at first. So, in this article, I will talk about Arab-world upheavals. The second thing one should say at the outset about the Arab-world upheavals is that the revolutions are on-going. As African-American lesbian feminist poet Pat Parker told us many decades ago, revolutions are neither neat nor pretty and they certainly are not quick Parker
Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed, the general manager of Al Arabiya, a hour satellite-news channel broadcasting from Dubai, has six plasma-screen TV's in his office on the floor of the channel's glowing, ultramodern newsroom set. They are always on. One is tuned to Al Arabiya itself, and depending on where the cameras are placed, Al-Rashed sometimes catches a glimpse of himself, pacing around his desk on his cellphone.