To appease international and local pressure amidst questionable military interventions, Saudi Arabia uses its position on UN Human Rights Council and now, UN Commission on the Status of Women to show they are engaging with the international community to reform archaic laws.“Make the naughtiest kid in the class the monitor if you want discipline” might not quite work for the UN Commission for status of women.One of the most secretive of the OPEC countries, Saudi Arabia has finally decided to open its doors to Westerners.Ted Conover hitches a ride with the first American tour group to visit a kingdom that still isn't sure tourists are a good idea "If you go outside, make sure you turn left. " instructs Peter Voll, our tour director, as we check into the Sheraton Hotel in Medina."Then again, we're all at least seventy years old." Our two-week trip, sponsored by Smithsonian Study Tours, is the very first to bring a group of American tourists to Saudi Arabia.Prior to last fall, tourist visas to "the kingdom," as it is known, did not exist.
One survey participant left his car in a lot with a “for sale” sign on the window and his phone number attached.
Men have some pretty ingenious (and often illegal) solutions, I learned in my recent survey of 40 Saudi men.
A man writes his number on a small piece of paper in the hopes that he will walk by a woman in a shopping mall or a park.
It is unclear what events unfolded at the airport but we know that her uncles arrived at Manila airport and forcibly took her to Riyadh.
As activists and women’s rights campaigners call for reform within Saudi Arabia, a country where human rights abuses and limits on civic freedoms are stifling quality of life, how much can it actually contribute to the UN Commission is a question waiting to be answered.