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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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A National Training Base to Be Established Soon In Saudi Arabia

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Breaking news hits Riyadh today! It is claimed that Ajyal, the Space Generations Program that is launched by the Saudi Space Commission is set to contribute towards future plans by establishing a national base for human capital in the space sector.

The program’s goal is to encourage those interested in the scientific research and learning department in several scientific departments in hopes of renovation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

This campaign is a beautiful way of merging the 4 sciences STEM and in truly encouraging people to get interested in such a field. We’re all used to turning our attention to topics of interest such as travel, lifestyle, maybe even business. But Science, as a whole, is a field in which we need to invest our minds in for the foreseeable future.

The Saudi Arabian Sheikh is hoping to cooperate with special academic circles in order to attain more intel and understand science as well as its intricate applications. He also aims in prospering an educational environment through establishing a space sector platform that will be launching both Scientific and Economical paths. How cool is that!

The brains behind this entire innovative idea is Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, the chairman and board of directors in the Saudi Arabian Space Commission. Both him and his team are truly passionate and determined about wanting to enhance the education in Saudi Arabia, leaving them basically the first to think of such a pioneering idea.

The team consists of the most skilled technicians, creative thinkers and even designers who are fully contributing to this spectacular idea.
It was added that the scientific team that supported the prince’s journey included a group of scientists as well as the most skilled technicians, designers and creative thinkers who contributed to achieving this dream.

Ilham Al-Harbi, general director of the Space Generations Program, states that program is set to have a wide range of goals and strategic visions that aim to plant inspiration about space science for the future generations to indulge in.

Throughout education and history, it was never thought of to insist teaching the importance and wonder of Space Science, the least they tend to do is teach us a brief chapter about space and finito. Yet, that alone is not enough to spark interest in the younger minds to pursue learning about such a topic.

Ilham also openly stated to the press that her main aim is to develop future generations to strive for turning their dreams into reality. Beautifully stated, and with that cherry on top, we truly hope that science will be a major topic to be tackled in the upcoming years. What do you think? Do you think that science will finally be a great matter of interest that will soon become our main interest? We’ll just have to wait and see!

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NEOM City is Set to Become The First Totally Digitized City In the World

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Saudi Arabia's NEOM city

A Global Cybersecurity Forum took place in Riyadh earlier this month and brought together more than 140 speakers who came to discuss a number of topics related to cybersuecrity and the future of investing in it and the economic opportunities it shall provides.

During the event, CEO of Saudi Arabia’s landmark development project NEOM, Nadhmi Al-Nasr discussed details about the future mega development project which will become the world’s very first completely digitalized city.

Al-Nasr spoke during a session in the forum and revealed that one of the many projects that have been developed in the city of NEOM is the medical system dubbed “Doctor NEOM,” which is designed to gather health-related data and warn about any health problems that could occur in the future.

He also added that work on the city’s overall strategy is almost completed and will be unveiled in March.

“We are going to be the first place in the world that is fully digitized. We are going to be the first region in the world where we are going to be a 100 percent cashless facility. We are going to be the first place with a digital health backbone that connects everyone in the smart city and provides a 24-hour health service […] We will have fully autonomous mobility, we will have only electric vehicles and public transport will be fully autonomous,” he said.

NEOM is a half-a-trillion-dollar mega city that will provide the highest quality of life to its residents and is expected to be 33 times bigger than NYC! It has also been designed in a way that focuses on various key industries including energy and water, biotechnology, food, advanced manufacturing, and even entertainment.

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Mayada Badr Appointed CEO of the Culinary Arts Authority

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Mayada Badr has been appointed as CEO of the Culinary Arts Authority by Minister of Culture Prince Badr Bin Abdullah Bin Farhan.

This comes in light of the ministry’s efforts in developing and enhancing the culinary sector in the Kindgom.

Appointing Badr comes as a really smart move seeing how she is widely known as the ‘queen of macaroons’ in Saudi Arabia and is one of the well-known culinary artists who has contributed so much in representing the Kingdom on several occasions.

Mayada is graduated from the International Cordon Bleu School in Paris and has completed several training programs under internationally-acclaimed chefs.

In taking this role, Mayada will take the responsibility of developing and regulating the cooking sector and work on improving the field and following the standards of international levels.

Also worth mentioning is that the authority will set up courses and follow professional training programs, and encourage research, studies and development in the field of culinary arts.

Mayada, speaking about her culinary creation, said, “I decided to combine French cooking techniques with Saudi flavors to create a Parisian dessert with an Arab twist.”

 

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