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Aswat: Voices of Arabia

Jun 24, 2019

Today, exactly one year ago, women in Saudi Arabia started driving again. On the 24th June 2018, a driving ban that had been in place for many decades, was lifted. It was a huge step forward. To celebrate this day, we're replaying our very first episode, 'Driving, at last!'

It's quite apt that we're replaying this...

Jun 9, 2019

In our second chat with Modia Batterjee, she talks about her work as a resilience practitioner. Through her involvement with Al Bidayah Centre, the breastfeeding clinic in Jeddah, she's come to realize the tenacity of Saudi women in their day to day routines - more so, in many ways, than with women in other parts of the...

May 19, 2019

Saudi Arabia has become a nation of bottle feeders due to the increased availability of infant formula during the oil boom. The country also has a high prevalence of breast cancer deaths amongst Saudi women due to a lack of awareness of methods of early detection. Only in the past couple of years has it even...

May 1, 2019

Graffiti plays an important role in urban landscapes in cities around the world. Here, in Saudi Arabia, it's more subtle because you're not allowed to do graffiti just anywhere. 

But the graffiti movement, while more controlled, is beginning to find a voice. Hanan Kamal is part of that movement. 



Apr 13, 2019

Danya Al Hamrani has been telling stories for as long as she can remember.

In 2008, she and her business partner, Dania Nassif, started the production company, Eggdancer - the first company in Saudi Arabia,  to be owned and run by women. 

Danya was instrumental in getting Anthony Bourdain, host of the series "No...