Reform and Modernization

Women Transforming the Middle East, The New Normal: A Conversation with Isobel Coleman
03/08/2013

Women Transforming the Middle East, The New Normal: A Conversation with Isobel Coleman

On women in the Saudi Shura Council: “It’s a milestone in that it puts a stake in the ground for women’s public participation, their political participation, and there are still many people who still contest that in Saudi Arabia. So the fact that the King has come down on that side and said, yes, women should be part of the political conversations that happen in the country, in that sense, it is a milestone.”

New Details on Social Media in Saudi Arabia
01/12/2013

New Details on Social Media in Saudi Arabia

Just how widespread is the use of social media and which applications have achieved what levels of popularity? This week Jeddah-based media consultancy “thesocialclinic” in association with “The Loft,” a Saudi creative hub, produced a very helpful visual representation of “The State of Social Media in Saudi Arabia 2012.” The “infographic” puts the development of social media in perspective, alongside the commentary on the web site [www.thesocialclinic.com] about individual applications. Their objectves were to share the latest statistics on social media use in the Kingdom; tap into never before shared information; and to present the findings in a way to showcase the phenomenal growth rate of social media in Saudi Arabia.

Shura Council Adds 30 Women Members
01/11/2013

Shura Council Adds 30 Women Members

Today King Abdullah ordered that the Saudi Arabian Majlis ash-Shura to add 30 women to its ranks beginning with the convening of the next term of office. This SUSRIS special report provides the announcement published by the Saudi Press Agency earlier today which includes changes to the Majlis Ash-Shura Law and the names of the Speaker and the 150 members of the next term.

Photo Exhibit Highlights Arab Women in Sport
08/13/2012

Photo Exhibit Highlights Arab Women in Sport

For two weeks, the world watched London become the home of some of the greatest record-breaking and awe-inspiring moments in Olympic history as the 2012 Summer Games unfold. Michael Phelps became the most decorated athlete in Olympic history with 22 medals earned, and newcomer Gabby Douglas became the first African-American female to win gold in the all-around competition in gymnastics. While these moments were among the memorable snapshots we will take away, many of the significant accomplishments of these Summer games were often last place finishes of female athletes who for the first time were allowed to represent their countries.

Reflections: Arab Human Development Report 2002 – Creating Opportunities for Future Generations
07/02/2012

Reflections: Arab Human Development Report 2002 – Creating Opportunities for Future Generations

“Relections” takes a look back ten years to the Arab Human Development Report from 2002 which lays out all of the dimensions of development: economic, social, civil, political and cultural. It is a useful document to understand the context and background of advancements in these areas and the problems that persisted up to now, especially as we work to decipher the so-called “Arab Spring” phenomenon.

Education, Women’s Empowerment and the Hard and Soft Aspects of Change: A Conversation with Isobel Coleman
06/21/2012

Education, Women’s Empowerment and the Hard and Soft Aspects of Change: A Conversation with Isobel Coleman

There have always been some very accomplished Saudi women in all fields, but now that’s less the exception. It is a terrific development because, as I said in my commencement speech to the young girls, that is the new normal. These young women will have jobs and careers and be in the workplace. They have so many role models now. And I think that’s a wonderfully important and normal development.

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