Women should be partners in shaping future
Laura Bashraheel; 23/3/10
In spite of educational reforms and improvements in the role of women in Saudi society, many old-fashioned families continue to feel women are only suited to become wives and mothers. History was made last year with the appointment, by royal decree, of a Saudi woman, Nora Al-Fayez, as deputy education minister for girls’ affairs. Despite women being recognized in the field of education, some families still feel their womenfolk should only busy themselves with household chores and raising children. Sanaa Hamad, 26, was forced to drop out of university in Jeddah by her brother during her final exams. “I suffered immense psychological pain after he killed off my dreams of getting a degree,” she said.