Are Women Allowed To Drive Today In Saudi Arabia?

Saudi women rebelling!!!”, “ Saudi women being treated as second-class citizens for they are being banned from driving”, “Saudi female Manal Al-Sharif arrested for driving by the conservative Saudi government”….. These are the results that flashed through my computer screen when I punched “Saudi Women Driving” or “Women Driving in Saudi”.

Since recently, (some) women are allowed to drive, but I actually wanted to know the whole truth behind the issue of Saudi women and driving and see for myself what the hue and cry is all about!!!

Honestly speaking I know many Saudi females who do drive their cars uninterrupted in Saudi; but they are being subjected to drive only in restricted compound type zones. But do you think it’s just, I mean come on, driving is no more a hobby but a necessity, especially in these days of disappearing Saudi journalists…

Moreover, the problem is just piling up with the increasing growth of professional Saudi females. There is an emergence of females’ participation in various professional sectors like banks, academics, medical, IT and so forth.

No longer are the beautiful Saudi females considered as the dainty decked up dolls with only family and home in their agenda but now they are establishing themselves in the professional sectors and are doing really good there.

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Gender Inequality in Education

All across the world, girls and women are still much more likely to never get into a classroom than men and boys despite all efforts and the tremendous progress that was made over the past few decades. Gender inequality in education is still a key issue so let’s take a closer look.

To support countries in their efforts to fulfill and live up to their promise that by 2030 they will have closed the gender gap, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) is disaggregating all sex-related indicators to the highest possible extent. The UIS is additionally producing indices for gender parity and is in the process of developing new indicators for enhanced reflecting inclusion and equity of boys and girls.

The UIS, for example, collects data on a regular basis regarding the percentage of sub-Sahara African schools that have only single-sex toilets and how many female teachers are employed in primary or secondary education schools across the globe. The Institute offers information about how GED Diploma opportunities work and are additionally tracking male and female in post-secondary education by study direction, especially in technology, science, mathematics, and engineering.

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Gender Inequality in Sports

I am a true believer in gender equality in general and very passionate about equal recognition, equal rights, and equal pay. I believe that equal rights should not only be an issue when we refer to our female athletes but for girls and women in general. all across the globe. Gender Inequality in sports is a serious issue so let’s take a closer look.

I have young daughters and I’m hoping that at some point in their lives, they will love sports just as dearly as I have been doing throughout my life. My daughters will definitely be encouraged to love sports, to learn and play, and get into some sort of sports activity while they’re still young. And if they choose to take their favorite sport to a further level someday, like I guess most parents would like, I sincerely hope that they will be met with the same conditions and opportunities as their male counterparts.

Gender equality (especially in education and sports) has continually been a highly controversial issue. Even the gentleman who founded the modern Olympic Games (Baron Pierre de Coubertin), said at the end of the 19th century that “Regardless how toughened a female sportsperson might be, the organism of a woman is not shaped to sustain specific shocks.”

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Gender Inequality in the Workplace

Women are still faced with gender bias, and this is also the case in our workplaces. Sure, many companies are really trying hard to promote equality and diversity, but women are still dominating lower-paying entry-level and administrative positions while men are continuing to hold positions at the management and executive level. So let’s take a closer look at Gender Inequality in the workplace.

It is clear that gender inequality is hurting our companies’ performances. More and more women have come to astonishing achievements over the past decades, shattering gender-related barriers in just about every aspect of our lives.

These days, more and more young women choose a career in a traditionally male-dominated sector such as technology, engineering, business, or trades. More women are running for public or political office than ever before, and more and more women are setting up their own business or get educated in fields like aviation or aerospace. Let’s also hope that after the upcoming mid-terms we’ll see many more women elected to the house. Wouldn’t that be fantastic?

No longer have young women to choose between family and marriage or a high-powered career. Women of today are wanting it all, just like counterparts from the other sex. At the same time, we can see only a few succeed in reaching their goals, just a few.

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Gender Statistics in 5 Charts

Under Gender Statistics, we label all statistics that in an adequate way, describe and reflect the inequalities and differences in various situations of men and women in all areas and aspects of life.

What is “Gender Statistics” exactly?

Gender Statistics is the scientific notation and interpretation of statistics that in an adequate and complete way are reflecting the living conditions and situations of women and men with respect to all policy fields and areas. Gender Statistics allow for and enable, systematic research and study of differentials and issues regarding gender. A gender-related issue is any concern or problem that is determined, in its broadest sense, by differences between men and women based on gender and/or sex.

There are countries that don’t grant girls and women access to education and training in the same way as boys and men.

Topics related to “Gender Statistics”

In 1995, the United Nations Beijing Platform for Action has identified 12 key fields of concern in relation to Gender Statistics that called for at least strategic action. These 12 gender-related concerns indicated which relevant statistics had to be collected to be able to provide a solid basis for required policies and to implement programs, and also to be able to monitor and evaluate these policies and programs.

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Gender and Gender Inequality

The term “Gender” is referring to the socially and/or economically constructed activities, behavior, roles, and/or attributes that are considered appropriate at a given place and time in society for women and girls, and boys and men, and the inter-related relationships and differences. So let’s talk more about Gender and Gender Inequality.

Gender is defining and differentiating what girls and women, and boys and men are expected or supposed to be doing or developing into, regarding their roles, rights, responsibilities, and/or their obligations in their communities or societies.

Gender inequality

Of course, there are distinct biological and physical differences between girls and boys and women and men, and of course, these differences may lead to different roles, capacities, or needs for each group, but these differences in themselves should never result in or be used to justify any unequal rights or social status. In many societies, these distinct differences in behaviors and roles defined for girls and women, and boys and men, are causing gender inequality, meaning there is a difference between girls and women, and boys and men that favor one group in a systematic way.

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Gender Inequality and Violence

In our western world, HIV/AIDS has become a pretty well-contained situation that can be treated perfectly well with medication. But there are parts of the world like Africa, Latin America, Asia, and even Russia when access to proper medication is practically non-existent. This is a major cause of gender inequality and violence against women with HIV/AIDS.

HIV/AIDs affects more women than it affects men. My professional life lies in HIV/AIDS research and it was only until recently that the particular research project that I work for decided to include a gender section of the research report.

I’ve been reading various articles about women, HIV/AIDS, and specifically Western Africa, and I was not surprised to see the direct correlation with HIV/AIDS and domestic violence.

Not only is violence in heterosexual married relationships directly related to the likelihood of using condoms during intercourse (which makes women vulnerable to HIV), but violence with sex workers also makes women more vulnerable to HIV. To read more correlations between gender, violence, and HIV/AIDS, the Global AIDS Alliance has a great fact sheet.

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Gender Mainstreaming

What is Gender Mainstreaming?

The term “Gender Mainstreaming” comes from English and refers to the “integration of the sexes” or “equality policy”. The aim is to successfully implement gender equality at all levels of society. The term “Gender Mainstreaming” was first used at the third UN World Women Conference in Nairobi in 1985.

Ten years later, at the fourth World Women Conference in Beijing, the term was propagated. Gender mainstreaming became widely known in 1997/1999 when the Amsterdam publishing house appointed the concept of the officially recognized focus of the European Union’s gender equality policy.

Gender mainstreaming is often confused with classical women’s policy and interpreted as one and the same, but this is not correct. Gender mainstreaming differs from explicit women’s policy in that within the framework of gender mainstreaming, both sexes, i.e. male and female, are to be integrated equally into the holistic concept design.

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Chairman, Chairwoman, Chair?

Britain is a country full of foibles, idiosyncrasies and outright bizarre behavior. Not just to the outside world, you understand. Sometimes, stuff that goes on in one part of the country bamboozles people who live in another part. Take a browse through these articles and learn more about what makes the Brits tick.


Chairman, Chairwoman or Chair? The Weighty Issue of Gender-Specific Language

The debate rages on. Yet this problematic word derives from history when the male of the highest status would be seated for weighty debates. The remainder of the elders would stand, thus signifying the seated male’s importance. Yes, the word “chairman” means seniority. It means importance. It means twiddle yer forelock, unworthy wretches. It means – bloke!  Women just didn’t hack it as decision-makers in those bad old days.

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Children Reading for Children International

Three billion people in the world face literacy challenges every day. Some 800,000,000 adults and 200,000,000 children cannot READ this, and girls and women represent two-thirds of those who are unable to read or write! Children Reading for Children International want to do something about that!

Children Reading for Children International (CRCI) is a non-profit grant funding foundation dedicated to advancing literacy and education as a fundamental children’s right. The organization focuses on helping parents, teachers, schools, and libraries build literacy and numeracy skills for children.

CRCI believes literacy is an essential life-skill fundamental to education and any future economic opportunity. Their child-centered read-a-thons are designed to educate children about the importance of children’s right to literacy and education worldwide. They inspire children to read, raise awareness reading and raise funds for children’s literacy globally.

CRCI’s Global Ambassadors for Literacy & Education champion a charitable campaign reflective of three distinct, but interrelated learning lessons for children. The first aim is to teach eco-literacy by educating children about nature, wildlife, endangered species, conservation, sustainability and overall respect for the environment.

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