BBC News – London 2012 Olympics: Saudis allow women to compete

24 06 2012

BBC News – London 2012 Olympics: Saudis allow women to compete.

BBC News - London 2012 Olympics: Saudis allow women to compete

BBC News: Showjumper Dalma Rushdi Malhas is currently the only Saudi female competitor at Olympic standard

We should acknowledge the courage of the Saudi royals for trying to gently nudge their conservative society towards more liberal values. King Faisal, who was eventually assassinated, insisted on introducing education for girls.

King Abdullah has long been pushing for women to play a more active role in Saudi society according to the BBC, and this move to allow women into the Saudi Olympic team is just one part of an ongoing strategy to allow women to take a more central role in modern Saudi Arabia.

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4 responses

25 06 2012
misfits' miscellany

A big jump.

25 06 2012
Quieter Elephant

Elitism is soooo much more acceptable than sexism, don’t you think?

25 06 2012
misfits' miscellany

Not in my life.

26 06 2012
lanceleuven

In one way it’s disheartening that this ‘debate’ is still being had, but in another way at least it’s progressing in the right direction. Even if the progress is painfully slow.

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