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Feminism. Some people cringe at the word, some stand by it firmly and many do not understand its definition. There is such a negative connotation associated with this word, that I feel its true purpose and meaning are masked by radical beliefs and unfair assumptions. There are types of feminists who push this word to its breaking point by demanding that women are above men, instead of equal to them. Women who blame unequal treatment solely on men and who take no responsibility for their own actions.

On the flip-side, there are men who turn away from this loosely defined term and see it as women pinning all of their problems on men. With all of this confusion and haphazard definitions floating around, the true meaning and overall purpose can be lost in the shuffle.

Feminism is defined as follows:

Feminism is a range of political movements, ideologies, and social movements that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve political, economic, personal, and social equality of sexes. This includes seeking to establish educational and professional opportunities for women that are equal to those for men.

Feminism can, to many, be a polarizing term that keeps people from seeing the true potential behind the word. Women still fight for the right to vote, the right to dress as they please and even the right to drive cars. We’re in 2018 and just this year, women in Saudi Arabia can finally drive, legally.

Young girls grow up in a world where their education comes to a halt at a very young age or never even begins. Developing their minds and allowing their ideas and dreams to prosper isn’t even considered. Women are not allowed to have the simple pleasure and freedom of being able to drive a vehicle. Young girls are married off because they aren’t viewed of being capable of being able to make an educated decision. Voices are ignored and ideas are not taken seriously by women who want a say in how the country they live in is run.

People usually don’t get the term “feminst”. They usually think it means that a woman who says she’s a feminist then she doesn’t need a man in her life and that she’s psychologically complex when in fact, feminism is just a term used for equality.

For instance, why do women products cost way more than men products, when in fact we all know that a woman’s salary is way less than a man’s?

Why can’t women rise to big positions easily without dedicating her whole life working but men can do it easily?

Why is it okay for men to walk in the street normally at midnight but women are called “sluts” when they do and usually they don’t feel safe?

So many questions but none of them are answered that’s why feminism is out there to solve all these questions.

That’s why we’ve got the term feminism to help women out there to shine and show their power.

We’ve established that women clearly earn less than men even though they work as hard as men, and work for the same duration. Imagine only earning 10 EGP per day and having to buy a product as essential as menstrual pads for 20 EGP, doesn’t make sense right? While women are struggling to completely crash the patriarchy, they have to work more, earn less, and pay more.

We have to stop paying more for women products just because it’s pink.

So, feminism isn’t about hating on men but it’s about being equal for both genders.

It is time to see what feminism truly means and what the impact of support could to do generations of girls. It shouldn’t be viewed at as synonymous with man-hating, but instead viewed as something that requires the support of every gender in order to be successful in its true nature. I quote Emma Watson when I write “-and if you still hate the word—it is not the word that is important but the idea and the ambition behind it.”

Nadia Haitham, who is a sixteen year old teenager, fantasizes and creates images in people’s minds using written words. She has always admired the idea of writing ever since she was a little girl with piggy tails and somehow, she’s chasing her dream! Nadia is currently an IGCSE student in The Continental School Of Cairo and she’s in the eleventh grade. They say Nadia is too young but she asks repeatedly, “if I don’t start now, then when?!” She blows her candles on the fifteenth of July, her zodiac sign is Cancer and she’s Egyptian. In 2015, she has written her first completed book that’s called, “Love Of A Teenage Girl” which is published on a writing website called, Wattpad. She has won several awards for the book which she’s planning to publish in the future. Nadia has also written a few other books and created quotes of her own but she hasn’t completed them yet but she’s planning to. She’s into music and learning something new every single day using the help of the social media world. She believes that writing is an underestimated art, it’s exactly like painting colorful images in people’s minds by using words of black and white.

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Saudi Arabia Launches A Contest For Aspiring Filmmakers With Prizes Up to SR40 million

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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.

 

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Saudi National Day Marks the Start of work on World’s Most Ambitious Project NEOM

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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.”

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Roa’a Al-Sahah: The Kingdom’s First Female Circus Performer

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Roa’a Al-Sahhaf is the first Saudi female circus performer and the owner of the Kingdom’s first-ever aerial yoga studio, the trapeze artist has seen great success just a few months after the opening and is already looking expand.

Al-Sahhaf’s modern yoga classes have become very popular among Saudis in a short period of time, it is also worth mentioning that the studio is Saudi Arabia’s first certified aerial arts studio in the coastal city of Jeddah and is offering yoga, pole dancing, Pilates, family dance classes, and boxing.

“I had times where I could not travel, so I wanted to practice it here in my city. I decided to open a studio room in my house, and it worked. It started with family and friends of friends, and little by little gyms and studios began to call and ask me to give classes,” she says.

Al-Sahhaf also got to show off her talents during this season of Taif when she performed in flying trapeze and aerial shows with the famous circus. Currently, more than six gyms and studios across Jeddah are offering her classes and workshops, besides her workshops tours around the Kingdom and other GCC countries.

Her studio is located in Al-Khalidiyah district of Jeddah, and it offers workshops and training programs for future fitness instructors who aspire to teach aerial arts.

 

 

 

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