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:
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.
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.
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
Women of Saudi Arabia Can Now Join the Military
The foreign ministry has announced that Saudi women can now join the military and serve as private first class, corporal or sergeant. I mean talk about gender equality!
Just when we though easing regulations on Saudi women can’t get any better, the ministry surprises us all with such shocking yet incredible news.
— Foreign Ministry 🇸🇦 (@KSAmofaEN) October 9, 2019
According to Sky News, roles have been opened in Saudi’s land forces, royal navy, royal air forces, royal Saudi air defense forces and medical services for armed forces.
The ministry stated a number of conditions for applicants who are willing to join the army, these conditions are in regard to age, nationality, in addition to the physical and professional competence.
Heba Al Otaiba, director of strategic communications at the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, took it to Twitter to congratulate the Kingdom on such a brave decision.
“Great news. I look forward to watching Saudi Arabia’s women, lead across many industries, including serving in the country’s military.” The tweet read.
Saudi Arabia Launches A Contest For Aspiring Filmmakers With Prizes Up to SR40 million
The Ministry of Culture just announced the launch of a new competition on Sunday entitled ‘Daw‘ which aims to support Saudi films, and also empower aspiring and rising filmmakers.
The competition will be divided into four tracks that include supporting and developing screenwriting and supporting film production and films of Saudi students majoring in film-making at international institutes and universities.
Entries will be evaluated by specialized juries who have experience in choosing winning films projects, and winners will be announced next year in February.
Prizes are up to SR40 million as it is all part of the ministry’s plan of showing tremendous support to Saudi talents majoring in filmmaking by providing such a huge funding platform.
The competition will support young filmmakers in every possible way by providing the needed assistance in producing the films and also creating a production infrastructure and making their career path clear for those interested in different fields of cinema.
Whether you are a filmmaker or a producer, you can participate in the competition online through this link. It just opened yesterday and will remain open till December 29th to give the chance to more people to apply.
Saudi National Day Marks the Start of work on World’s Most Ambitious Project NEOM
Saudi National Day marked the beginning of work on the $500 billion futuristic mega-city NEOM, located deep in a desert bordering the Red Sea of the Kingdom’s Northwest.
Described as “the world’s most ambitious project,” the city is expected to be 33 times bigger than New York and it is getting established from scratch!
Nadhmi Al-Nasr, CEO of the project, congratulated King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the occasion of Saudi National day as he announced the start of implementation of the mega project.
“The work on NEOM Bay Airport is complete and the development of labor compounds that will contribute to the growth of the project is now launched, in addition to equipping the residential and administrative area for NEOM employees who will be moving there.”
“We are pleased to announce that NEOM has almost finalized the establishment of strategic plans for this project and its various economic sectors, and we are ready to begin their actual implementation.” “We are willing to work day and night, so that the coming year, 2020, will be the beginning of the actual momentum of the NEOM projects, embodying the Saudi endeavor to build a promising future for the country.” Al-Nasr added.
We hope this aligns with the plan of completing phase 1 by 2020, with the final brick laid in 2025.
Neom is a portmanteau of the Greek word neos, meaning mostakbal, the Arabic word for “future.”