PMBF Series: Interview with Samar Fatany

Samar FatanyChief Broadcaster in the English section at Jeddah Broadcasting Station, was interviewed by David Dumke, Director of the Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research and Studies at Central Florida University, on December 2, 2013. 

The interview covered Ms. Fatany’s ongoing work with women’s rights activism in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and touched upon her new book Modernizing Saudi Arabia. Topics discussed both in the book and  interview include the new, dynamic role of Saudi women that has developed over the past two decades, how this new role contrasts with the incorrect perceptions many Westerners have of Middle Eastern women, and how Saudi women are overcoming deeply ingrained cultural barriers to graduate at historically high rates and obtain high-level positions of employment.

Ms. Fatany is also the Secretary General of NAAM, an NGO dedicated to furthering cross-cultural relationships. NAAM strongly supports such programs as the Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research and Studies at Central Florida University due to the cross-cultural cooperation and mutual understanding that it fosters. 

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