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In historic shift, Saudis to allow some girls' sports

In historic shift, Saudis to allow some girls' sports | What's New on the 31 Topics I Follow? | Scoop.it

"Private girls' schools are now allowed to hold sports activities in accordance with the rules of Shariah, or Islamic law. Students must adhere to 'decent dress' codes and Saudi women teachers will be given priority in supervising the activities, according to the Education Ministry's requirements.  The decision makes sports once again a stage for the push to improve women's rights, nearly a year after two Saudi female athletes made an unprecedented appearance at the Olympics."  This news comes at a time when Saudi Arabia has allowed women to ride bikes (sort of).


Tags: Saudi Arabia, culture, gender, religion, Middle East.

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Steven Flis's curator insight, December 17, 2013 1:32 PM

Coming from America were woman have had equal rights for nearly a century its hard to grasp the concept of it just starting in Saudi. Phys Ed is a crucial part of the development of a adolescent and it is nessacary for both genders. being more lenient on woman sports can only help the nation. It will bring it possitive attention, help the flow of money, and be a platform for womens rights in the times to come.

Nathan Chasse's curator insight, April 1, 8:39 AM

This article details small increases in the rights of women in Saudi Arabia. Though the ultra-conservative clerics are against all these reforms, King Abdullah has pushed for women to be able to participate in sports and physical education in schools. Women have also recently been allowed to ride bicycles. These advancements are not without enfeeblement as they have strict rules regarding supervision, attire, and segregation. Still, these new laws represent baby steps towards a more egalitarian society in Saudi Arabia and a reminder of how oppressive some parts of the world are for women.

Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, April 2, 6:53 PM

The article displays the constant battle the women of Saudi Arabia face on a daily basis. However, this is a small sign of women in this area slowly getting more rights. This is an important right granted to women. Being allowed to participate in sporting activities or other types of physical exercise is very important in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

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Place and Flash Mobs

The idea of flash mobs has spread quickly, diffusing at a time when online video sharing can immortalize the moment in time and social media can amplify the audience beyond just one place.

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Justin Cardoso's curator insight, September 10, 2013 7:51 AM

we saw this flash mob in my first geography class and i just thought that it was amazing how many people gathered around to listen to the street performers.  i also love how it escalated so quickly from a single performer into a complete orcastra in a matter of a couple minutes. #georic

Liam Michelsohn's curator insight, October 15, 2013 2:02 PM

I love the consept of a flash mob. How a planed performace can start in the steet and instantly people are attracted and engaged. They are done all over the world, but where the mob takes place is the important part. The location of the mob is more likeley to be in a popular city, or near a highly populated area (park, beach, ect..).  Its important to realize how something like this would serve no signicinace if it was done say at a shopping center in a surban town. Its also interesting to see what the message of the mob is, this video was more of just entertainment while some mobs have clear messages that there trying to comminucate to socioty.

Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 11, 2013 7:38 AM

The people who were apart of this flashmob picked a very good place to do it. They decided to do it rightin the center of a town or market area where many people would notice them. They wanted everyone to focus their attention on them even if it was just for a few minutes. If they were to pick an are that was not in a city or town area not that many people would be gathered around and watching them.