Al-Yamamh Girls are Blogging

Mrs. Lobat Asadi who teaches English at Al-Yamamah College in Riyadh has sent me a link to her project website that is used as a part of the course she is giving there. I know this practice might be common elsewhere, but I think this is interesting because I’ve never come across anything like this happening here in Saudi Arabia. Mrs. Asadi also provides links (check out the left sidebar) to blogs by her students. She thinks many people will enjoy reading the thoughts of these young Saudi women, and that “they are much more intelligent than people give them credit for.” I agree with her that many people underestimate the capabilities of our women, and I’m glad that blogs are offering opportunities to change the conventional thoughts.

5 thoughts on “Al-Yamamh Girls are Blogging

  1. She is saying :”they are much more intelligent than people give them credit for.”
    – if you want my opinion about it, I would replace the word “people” with the word “I”…. got it ?
    she may be the one who doesn’t know them not not like how she think of us being ignorants.

    – we care too much about what people think of us more than what we really are, trust me Ahmed, I bet that if you knew such women they wouldn’t be much different than the charming ones you already know, the second half of our society are really amazing human beings. I would be very alerted about how we easily give others the write to judge how we value our women, and directly appoint them discoverers on our behave to the the other side of us, the Saudi women

  2. Re: Pc Programmer

    But it [i]is[/i] true. While the more liberally minded of us do hold Saudi women in great esteem, most Saudis still view women as chattel. A significant portion of our girls barely complete high school. And even if they do get a college education, social pressures prevent many from trying to find a job. And a lot of those who do get jobs are forced to quit them once they get married. “A women’s place is her home” is still pretty much the mentality around here.

    Just because the one criticizing us is an outsider does not make their views invalid. In fact, just in being an outsider means that they could give us a fresh perspective that we may be lacking. We must not let our “National Pride” get in the way of us seeing our own faults.

  3. I personally know Lobat and her dedication and applaud the new initiatives she has taken with her students. She is the type of teacher any parent would dream that their child would/should have. And, Lobat’s efforts are giving the female Saudi students a chance to shine and most importantly, to be heard. Whether we like it or not, much needs to be done yet —from both sides— towards bridging the misperceptions and misunderstandings between East and West. Thanks to Lobat and her students, this is one small way to make a big difference.

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