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Haifaa Al-Mansour: 'Female leaders are crushed. Look at Hillary Clinton'

The Saudi Arabian director directed her first film, Wadjda, hiding in the back of a van on the streets of Riyadh. Now her latest, The Perfect Candidate, is opening doors in HollywoodHaifaa Al-Mansour’s latest film, The Perfect Candidate, opens with a doctor in her 20s driving to work. In any other film you wouldn’t register the fact that she’s behind the wheel. But this woman, dressed in a black abaya and niqab, is in Saudi Arabia, which until 2018 banned women from driving. Al-Mansour added the...
Tags: Film, Saudi Arabia, Women, Life and style, World news, Culture, Hillary Clinton, Middle East and North Africa, World cinema, Haifaa Al Mansour, Riyadh, Al Mansour, Wadjda, HollywoodHaifaa Al Mansour


Saudi Arabia should be encouraged over small steps towards equality | Letters

In my many years of fighting for gender equality I have never believed that criticising small steps forward persuaded the holders of power to do better, writes Margaret ProsserI am not about to become an apologist for the policies and practices of the Saudi regime, abhorrent as many of them are. However, your editorial (The kingdom’s rulers say they are advancing women by locking them up, 22 May) misses an opportunity to encourage a more liberal approach by Saudi Arabia.I recently visited the ki...
Tags: Politics, Saudi Arabia, Women, Life and style, UK News, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Feminism, Labour, Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman, Margaret ProsserI


A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

A timeless exploration of high-stakes romance, self-discovery, and the lengths we go to love and be loved.  Tanaz Bhathena debuts her first novel A Girl Like That recently. About A Girl Like That Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a troublemaker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school. You don’t want to get involved with a gir...
Tags: Books, Saudi Arabia, Life, Kingdom, India, Toronto, Iran, Canada, Mumbai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Toronto Canada, Freddy Mercury, Judaism Christianity, Parsi, Jeddah Saudi Arabia


Women In Saudi Arabia Will Be Allowed In Sports Stadiums Starting In 2018

Saudi Arabia will allow women into sports stadiums as of next year, the kingdom's latest step toward easing rules on gender segregation — but they will be seated in the so-called family section, an area separate from the male-only crowd.Still, the decision, announced on Sunday, marks another incremental step toward greater women's rights in the kingdom.The General Sports Authority described the decision as one that will allow "families" into the stadiums — a term authorities use to refer to the...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Barack Obama, Western Sydney Wanderers, Riyadh, U S Congress, David Johnson, Dammam, Jiddah, Jawhara, General Sports Authority


Saudi woman penalised for driving car before ban is lifted

Woman summoned and booked for flouting traffic regulations after she was filmed driving out of Riyadh hotelPolice in Saudi Arabia have penalised a woman filmed driving a car, according to a spokesman, who warned against violations of a ban on female motorists to be lifted in June.Authorities summoned the woman for flouting traffic regulations after she appeared in a video driving out of a hotel in Riyadh. Continue reading...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, Women, Life and style, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Road transport, Riyadh


Women In Saudi Arabia Will Finally Be Allowed To Drive

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced that women will be allowed to drive for the first time in the ultra-conservative kingdom next summer, fulfilling a key demand of women's rights activists who faced detention for defying the ban.The kingdom was the only the country in the world to bar women from driving and for years had garnered negative publicity internationally for detaining women who defied the ban.The move, which has been welcomed by the United States, represents a significant opening for w...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Saudi Arabia, China, United States, State Department, King Salman, Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman, HEATHER NAUERT, Salman, Saudi Press Agency, Jared Kushner, WorkIvanka Trump


Trump Says The Perpetrators Behind The Manchester Concert Blast Are "Evil Losers"

President Trump condemned a deadly attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England as the act of "evil losers" and called on nations to band together to fight terrorism."The terrorists and extremists, and those who give them aid and comfort, must be driven out from our society forever," Trump said on Tuesday, speaking after a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. "This wicked ideology must be obliterated, and I mean completely obliterated and innocent life must...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Music, Islamic State, Israel, America, Cnn, United Kingdom, Ariana Grande, West Bank, Manchester, Muslim, Mahmoud Abbas, Donald Trump, Bethlehem, Trump


These 6 Photographers Are Muslim, But That's Not Why You Need To Know Their Work

To celebrate the first-ever Muslim Women’s Day, we spoke to six diverse female artists from around the world. These women are creating work that reflects on the modern Muslim experience and culture.Influenced by inward and outward perceptions, each is using their art to explore identity and femininity, challenge misconceptions about Muslim women, and redefine the unique narratives of the Muslim experience. Nadirah ZakariyaKuala Lumpur, MalaysiaIn a series of self portraits she calls Thirty-Two...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Indonesia, California, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Singapore, Canada, Malaysia, Pakistan, Islam, Kuala Lumpur, Muslim, Yemen, Trump, Sarajevo


14 Hidden Snapchat Features Every 20-Something Should Know

Photo: Courtesy Snapchat. Think about your favorite Snapchats that you've ever opened. They're probably the ones that are more dynamic. They may also take advantage of the app's revolving selection of filters, stickers, and text options (we'd bet some face swapping shots likely rank in the top five).Whereas Instagram is all about carefully curated moments, Snapchat is all about spontaneous creativity. "What makes Snapchat unique is how much more fun and playful it is," says Alex Ditty, the d...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Riyadh, Madeline Buxton, Bitmoji


UPDATE: Calum McSwiggan Charged With Filing False Report

The British YouTube star Calum McSwiggan has been charged with filing a false police report, WeHoVille reports. Additionally, the West Hollywood Sheriff’s deputies have charged McSwiggan with vandalizing a car in the 8900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard. Related: Calum McSwiggan’s Friends: “Don’t Form Opinions” About Alleged Attack Just Yet On Tuesday, we first reported the alleged hate crime assault on McSwiggan, who took to Facebook to share a photo of himself in the hospital, describing the ...
Tags: Facebook, Feature, Youtube, Lifestyle, Los Angeles, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Topstory_primary, West Hollywood, Riyadh, Calum Mcswiggan, McCallum, YouTuber Calum McSwiggan, McSwiggan, Calum, Abbey


Dad’s Journey From Contemplating Suicide Over Gay Son To Learning Proper Use Of ‘Shade’

Life throws all sorts of unexpected challenges at us, and there’s no one fool-proof way to successfully rise to them. It’s a revealing test of character to see how we move over the bumps in the road. We’ve followed 20-something vlogger Riyadh for a while now, and have admired how he can tackle the silly to the serious and stay a positive role model to all the gay youth who stumble across his feed. Related: Watch What Happens When This Dude Lets His Mom Read His Grindr Messages In his most recen...
Tags: Feature, Family, Parenting, Suicide, Lifestyle, Evergreen, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Riyadh



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