I don’t think I even need an intro for that one. If you’re indeed a woman, then go ahead, and read on because this one is for you!
What would you do if you were the punchline of every joke?
If you were the odd one out in most conversations
The one expected to obey and stay silent
The one expected to never lead, but always follow
The one they told to never say no
The one who’s afraid to walk in the streets
The one defined not by what she does, but by what she looks like
The one who struggles to have a voice or to speak out
The one they look at as overly emotional and ridiculously sensitive
The one expected to do well in the kitchen as a given but is met with surprise if she shows any signs of intelligence
The one who no one anticipates would fight back
And above all, the one who is judged the most.
Well, some do nothing about it.
But, some women really do appreciate a good challenge. Some women don’t fear change, but fight for it
Some women won’t let you stand in the way of their dreams so you can reach yours
Some women won’t let you count them out of the conversation..out of the whole equation
Some women will stand up for what they believe in and will tell you when you’re wrong
Won’t laugh at your silly jokes
Won’t be afraid of aiming for what they want
Won’t back down for you to shine on
Won’t let you silence their cries so you could speak
Won’t sacrifice their happiness for your comfortableness
Won’t act like ladies if they don’t feel like it
Won’t dumb themselves down to make you feel like the one with the brains
Won’t take no for an answer and will question everything until they run completely out of questions
Because simply, some women don’t care about what you think
Or about how you see them.
And I dream of a day when I get to say all women.
When all women start believing that they deserve so much more than what they’re getting
And go out and get it.
This is a salute, to every single woman who stands her ground
Who doesn’t cave in in the face of society.
Who rips the given rule book apart.
Dear women, please go after what you want and show them all what you’re made of.
Princess Reema Begins Assignment As Saudi Ambassador to the US
Saudi Princess Reema bint Bandar presented her credentials as the Kingdom’s ambassador to the US on Thursday, more than two months after she was appointed to the key post.
She has arrived earlier on Wednesday in Washington, DC to begin her assignment as the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States.
‘Princess Reema will immediately begin her mission to strengthen the historic partnership between Saudi Arabia and the United States,’ said Fahad Nazer, embassy spokesperson. ‘The Ambassador will bring a fresh perspective on a rapidly changing Saudi Arabia to Washington, continuing to build on key areas of cooperation between our two countries.’
“Honored to present my credentials today to @StateDept. Looking forward to starting this chapter of my life in Washington DC the journey begins with a wonderful team @SaudiEmbassyUSA,” she wrote on her official Twitter account.
— Reema Bandar Al-Saud (@rbalsaud) July 3, 2019
Princess Reema was nominated to the post back in February and she later took her oath in April before King Salman in Riyadh, making her the first Saudi female ambassador and the 11th Saudi diplomatic representative to Washington.
Graffiti Artists Making Jeddah an Even More Colorful City
The number of graffiti artists in Jeddah is increasing, and they are all contributing in adding more colors to their city, with their amazing skills that can be spotted all over Jeddah’s walls.
The art that was once perceived as vandalism is now helping brighten up the city. One of the artists contributing in this colorful trends is Elias Tashkandi, the 19-year-old Saudi student is turning his passion for art into coloring the city of Jeddah.
His passion started off in France where the art there inspired his own, and now, the artist has participated in several important festivals in the Kingdom, including the XJED, Common Ground and the Jeddah Food Festival.
“I saw the artworks on the trains and in the streets,” he said. “I then began replicating them, but on paper. I started experimenting in graffiti and its basics on a deeper level in 2016.”
Another talented group is Dhad, the young artists are leaving their incredible mark on different walls and projects, and their latest work was for Mirkaz JED.
Their page on Instagram speaks out their work, and is as colorful as their accomplished work.
Besides graffiti, the group also does professional digital art.
“Once the artist uncages his potential, no canvas is too big and no idea is too small. Just put that first brush stroke to paper and let your creativity guide the free flow of your expressions.” Deyaa Rambo, one of Dhad’s founders.
Hanan Kamal, a 26-year-old Saudi project manager, is yet another graffiti artist; because a feminine touch is always needed. Her art has been displayed in several events, the most recent one was the Jeddah Book Fair that was held back in January.
“Graffiti — and drawing in general — is my passion, not just a hobby,” she said.
“It evolved into freelance work that appealed to many people and I was encouraged, especially by women, as they are a minority in this field.”
Abdulkareem Jeyad, the 23 year old is a freelance graphic designer from Indonesia, art for him runs in his genes; as he was born into an artistic family. His mother was an abstract artist and his father a calligraphy artist. Which makes perfect sense for him to grow with such a talent, and passion for colors.
“I have been in the graffiti field for more than 9 years and counting.”
Art can speak out many things, it is a way to express opinions, thoughts and things that can not simply be put into words. The same goes for a country, and so it is just a delight to see this kind of self expression spreading across the city of Jeddah.
Haila Al-Farraj: First Saudi Woman Commentator
Haila Al-Farraj just got appointed as sports commentator on the Gulf women’s soccer tournament, making her the first Saudi Woman commentator.
Al-farraj will sit in the commentary box on Friday at the Gulf women’s soccer tournament, that will take place at the Green Hall in Dammam.
Around 200 female football players will be taking part in the competition, with 16 teams from five GCC member states including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE and Oman.
Haila Al-Farraj is a radio presenter with a B.A. degree in anthropology, in addition to being an instructor accredited by the Public Corporation for Social Communications and Electronic Marketing. Which is exactly what made her a perfect fit to be chosen as the official commentator of the GCC women soccer competition, chosen by the organizing committee.
“It was by a stroke of luck that I was chosen to be the official commentator of a major GCC women’s event, which will include football players, coaches, referees and others,” she said.
She further explained that she had acquired her love for sports from her father and brother, who always talked about sports which provided her with the terminologies.
“My father is a big fan of Al-Nasr Club while my brothers support Al-Hial,” she added.
She expressed her pride to be the first Saudi woman sports commentator, and that she wishes to carry on with the career because of this time of women empowerment and gender equality.