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4 Things We Were Not Told Growing Up As Arab Women!

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The other day I stumbled upon a stand comedy video, she is an Arab woman called “Dina Hashem” and she shed the light on some other problems facing Arab women other than the ones media always discusses.

 

“Whenever people talk about the problem facing Arab women, I think it’s usually about the religion, or the laws or Trump now.. no one talks about the body hair” said Dina starting her segment.

She got me thinking of all the things we face while growing up as Arab women, all the things we should’ve been told but traditions got on the way, all the intimate details that we had to discover ourselves.

 

Here’s a trip down the memory lane with 4 things we’ve never been told but should have growing up:

 

 

Bodies:

Except that weird biology lesson in middle school, we have never had a proper talk about all the changes that our bodies go through during puberty. Period isn’t the only change our bodies witness, our bodies literally go through major changes from head to toe. No body prepared us properly for womanhood.

Lust:

With puberty comes lust; these foreign feelings that confuse you. If parents aren’t telling us about body changes, there is no chance they talked to you about feelings; and if they did talk to you about body changes, it is pretty rare for parents to explain the teenage emotional rollercoaster. Hence, you start experiencing Infatuation, longing, rage and sexual desires all on your own.

 

Sex:

This three-letter word is literally like a bomb, you can hear explosions in the background whenever you just try to ask what that word means. If you dare to ask your parents what “sex” ism you aren’t getting a clear answer, and you will have to go back to that middle school biology lesson, and of course, the internet!

What is virginity?

No body mentions anything about what virginity except that you should keep till marriage, even that biology lesson didn’t illustrate what it is. Never mind the fact that virginity is somehow a myth, at least they should have educated us about hymens.

Tell us what you had to discover for yourself growing up

 

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New Platform Launched to Connect Volunteers With Work Opportunities

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New Platform Launched to Connect Volunteers to Work Opportunities

A new volunteer work portal has been launched yesterday by the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi, the portal that links between volunteers and providers of volunteer jobs is expected to contribute greatly to the 2030 vision. 

The portal aims at providing a platform that will bring together willing volunteers in different fields and provide them with several opportunities, in an attempt to properly organize volunteer work.

Minister Al-Rajhi said that the portal will help support the Kingdom’s efforts towards achieving the goals of the 2030 Vision, through accomplishing sustainable development in all fields.

“The platform will also contribute to meeting the Kingdom’s requirements in the current phase that requires everyone to work together wholeheartedly to serve the country and the society,” the minister said.

This volunteer work portal will be linked to the National Information Center, whereas hours of volunteer work, number of times volunteer work carried out, and the agencies involved in volunteer work will all be documented in the Absher portal of the Ministry of Interior.

The platform also comes in a time where it’s necessary for all of us to join our forces and face the threat of the pandemic, it comes just in time to confront the threat of coronavirus and work together towards putting an end to it.

In light of this, the ministry hopes that the platform will help serve those affected by the pandemic and the damage caused by the virus, by encouraging the capabilities and energies of volunteers in the Kingdom.

 

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Coronavirus: Some Good News For Some tranquility

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Amidst this coronavirus scare, we know that horrifying news are constantly coming your way so today we just want you to take a breath, lay back and relax for the government is doing the best it can to contain the outbreak.

Several crucial steps have been taken by the Saudi government, to ensure the flattening of the curve and to drastically reduce and eventually eliminate the spread of the virus.

Below are some of these steps that we hope can help you find some peace of mind!

Imposing A national Curfew 

The national curfew will not only help limit the spread and ensure the safety of many but it will also help foster a sense of unity across Saudi Arabia. 

The curfew was a much needed measure to be taken and we have faith that with all of us staying at home, with restaurants and cafes closed, this will soon come to an end.

The $32 Billion Grant To Offset The Impact Of Coronavirus On Economy

The government on Friday revealed stimulus measures amounting to 120 Saudi billion riyals ($32 billion) in an attempt to support an economy hit by the double blow of the coronavirus crisis and dramatically lower oil prices.

The Saudi National Disease Center Kicked Off COVID-19 Study

Just last week, the Saudi National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Weqaya) has announced the kick off of a study into the coronavirus using the “next generation” of genetic sequencing techniques.

The work carried out in its laboratories will help locate cases of COVID-19 infection and track the spread of the disease.

Drastic decline in coronavirus cases in Qatif

After the city was under lock down, the number of cases has fallen drastically and up until Sunday, there only four new cases reported.

Saudi Red Crescent Launches Coronavirus Online Awareness Initiative

The Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) launched a distance learning awareness initiative about coronavirus control and prevention.

It included 2,800 SRCA members, more than 3,000 volunteers, 220 students, and 1,100 trainees from the education and health ministries and other sectors.

These precautionary measures are all reasons to have some peace of mind, they’re the reasons we have got to have faith in our country and that it’s doing its best to help end this. So today, choose not to worry, choose your mental health.
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The Kingdom Ranked 2nd in The Arab World in World Happiness Report

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The Kingdom Ranked 2nd in The Arab World in World Happiness Report

The Kingdom has been ranked the 2nd in the Arab World and the 27th globally in the World Happiness Report 2020 that includes 156 counties.

The World Happiness Report is issued annually by the UN and it measures the entertainment, happiness and quality of life indices. With all the Kingdom’s efforts in providing citizens with a better quality of life, it made perfect sense for Saudi Arabia to be ranked the second.

The report also evaluated 186 cities from around the world in terms of happiness and entertainment, Madinah made it to the 46th place, while Jeddah was ranked the 59th, Riyadh 62nd and Makkah 65th.

In light of this achievement, the report also expects that Riyadh, Jeddah and Madinah will be listed among the Best Twenty Cities in the World.

Mazrou’ Bin Salah Al-Mazrou’, the Spokesman of the Quality of Life Program highlighted that achieving such a ranking is a true indication of the efforts being exerted in an attempt to maintain social welfare.

“Advancing one place means a lot, as the world is also progressing. We are not alone in the race. The Kingdom has superseded important countries at the global level, like Spain, Italy and South Korea.”

“We’ll exert more efforts to make the Kingdom the pioneering country in terms of quality of life worldwide. This is part of a big movement coming under the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and other projects launched by the Saudi leadership recently.” He added.

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