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.”
New Platform Launched to Connect Volunteers With 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.
Coronavirus: Some Good News For Some tranquility
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
بدأنا في مختبرات المركز الوطني للوقاية من الأمراض ومكافحتها( #وقاية ) بدراسة التسلسل الوراثي لفيروس كورونا الجديد باستخدام تقنية "next generation sequencing” والتي تساعد في معرفة أين اصيبت الحالات المكتشفة بفيروس كورونا الجديد من خلال معرفة مكان نشأته وتتبع انتشاره داخل المملكة pic.twitter.com/Zh09XMUWoL
— المركز الوطني للـ وقـ ـايـ ـة من الأمراض ومكافحتها (@SaudiCDC) March 17, 2020
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.
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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