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    Tuesday, January 12, 2010

    Saudi Women - History in the Making..


    These are really bright days in the history of the kingdom, and am more than proud to be living during the days of such days..

    For those who don't follow the news, you really missed some historical dates.. Recently, The Jeddah court of law appointed a woman to be incharge of her family's endowment (waqf), and she's practically the first official woman to be assigned with such a task.. Moreover, Women in the Eastern Province are becoming an important part of the decsion making in the Chamber of Commerce, following the election of two business women.. This all a strong continuation to what the King started early 2009, by assigning the first women as a Deputy minister, following his philosophy of social reform..



    It is truly a milestone reached, and it surely sprouts change in each direction it shines on.. 3+ women in the face of the 23 million population is a small number, but they're strong baby steps, and its already leading more change on it's way.. (If you're not from Saudi Arabia, then believe me when i say, this is BIG news)

    The king is currently in his mid 80's, and for the short period it was since he was appointed king, he sure made deep footsteps towards the change that our society longed for for ages..

    However, am skeptic in how well these changes are absorbed within the middle men of the administrations, being that there is a possible chance of their resistance to change to outlast the king himself.. Am afraid we're not even close of ensuring the continuity of change, unless the King discovers a fountain of youth somewhere around the country.. And if this proves anything, it proves that change should happen from two sides of the spectrum: the ruler and the ruled.. Our support to major decisions is crucial, but the existence of these decisions are more crucial to begin with..

    The Saudi society has proved it's lazy about initiating change, with the many social stigmas we come across, some choose to face them head on, while the a whole lotta others choose to ignore and "live and let die" kind of approach.. And it's only when a royal decree or a major administrative initiative takes place that we can finally reach out for new change and reform.. And this proves, more than anything, the major role the government should take into shaping the reform people need.. I remember blogging before about how Society points fingers at the government for not allowing change, and how the government shows openness to change but points fingers at how people are not ready..

    News flash! Saudi people will never be fully ready, and it's foolish to wait for full acceptance of the people of any decree, and that was present 10 years ago.. Change should be from above, and supported from below, and the hell with those in the middle who stand in the face of reform.. I, for one, want change in my life time, and I want my children to see this kingdom for what it can truly be, not for the sad reality it was, and still presists in other major parts of our everyday life.. Some say change takes time, and it is naturally slow.. The past 5 years proves otherwise to the potential this country can achieve..

    I just hope this spirit of change, as small as it seems to be starting, to grow into the big wheel driving full-speed towards what the citizens of this kingdom deserve.. Restoration of rights, ackowledgement of existence and the mutual respect of thoughts and expressions..

    Dreamy? Well, at least am allowed to.. - keyword : at least -


    Yours
    Lou..

    5 comments:

    1. In the meantime they're still not allowed by law to walk outside their house alone or to drive. Make no mistake, I'm happy about the recent developments, but obviously they've still got a long way to go.

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    2. There are no set LAWS prohibiting women from going anywhere alone or driving. It's a cultural thing and everyone knows culture and tradition will beat law and even religion every time.

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    3. As i mentioned in my link to my previous post about Saudi Women, there isn't any laws that prohibits women to grow.. Sadly, it's the culture that is causing this "obstruction of justice", and it won't go away unless there's firm decisions made, and enough logical people to stand for them..

      Thank you all for your feedback :)

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    4. God i hope your right....

      I'm a Saudi-American kid (father Saudi, mother American). i grew up here in the late 80's to the late 90's.

      i went to the US for school, and i've come back 3 times now to just visit.

      2006, 2008, and 2010.. and i'm currently on my third trip here (right now i'm in Al-Hasa my hometown is Al-Khobar) and the changes i see happening.

      my God man... my head flipped when i saw in 2008 a Saudi guy in his 20-something working at the Starbucks, and a Saudi-woman selling my an amusement park ticket at the King Fahed Park (i'm an avid coaster enthusiast - you can see my pics on RCDB.com - http://www.rcdb.com/5262.htm and http://www.rcdb.com/5262.htm)

      and with each year, i seem to see less and less of the mutawa. I love what is happening in the country - the changes for the better.

      I get the feeling that the combination of the internet, satellite television, our way more liberal Gulf neighbors, international pressure, security issues due to the radicalization that now also threatens the monarchy, and the economic situation are all forces that are forcing people to face a reality not like the one described by the fundies.

      but i am very fearful of what could happen about the leaders after the King. Because it's with the decree from up top that will allow the society to let go...


      -Peace
      Abdullah

      P.S.
      My arabic is very rusty, but i've been dying to find & make some Saudi friends outside of family..
      hey if you want.. hit me up on PSN ID is NeoGuardian86.
      just lemme know you are first.. (like Lou or Hap Hazard) again if you want...

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    5. Quote:

      "I get the feeling that the combination of the internet, satellite television, our way more liberal Gulf neighbors, international pressure, security issues due to the radicalization that now also threatens the monarchy, and the economic situation are all forces that are forcing people to face a reality not like the one described by the fundies."

      If we ever used our brains, and actually read (and understand) the books we claim to base our ideologies on, we wouldn't have to reach such pressure to restore rights that seem more logical than "controversial"

      One way or another, change will happen.. Can't blame me for wanting it now more than "later in future plans"..


      On another note.. Ever since E3 '10, i rarely log online on my PS3.. However, if there's a certain multiplayer you want to team up in, am good to go.. Uncharted 2, CoD, KZ2, you name it.. I need to meet new blood anyways :P

      My PSN ID : Grogz_23

      Pleasure to have you around, Abdullah..

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