The announcement by King Abdullah that the prohibition that restricts the involvement of women in politics will finally see an end in 2015 can be seen as nothing less than the pivotal transformation that will reshape the entire Middle East by the end of the decade.
“Because we refuse to marginalize women in society in all roles that comply with sharia, we have decided, after deliberation with our senior clerics and others… to involve women in the Shura Council as members, starting from next term,” he said. “Women will be able to run as candidates in the municipal election and will even have a right to vote.”
For many, these words seem like the Saudi leadership is playing a dangerous game of technicalities with the prevailing Sharia Law in an effort to put down the underground insurgency fighting for equality in the predominantly patriarchal society; but human rights groups are cautiously optimistic that this announcement marks the beginning of a much larger societal transformation that will ripple through many generations to come.
Steve Mesler is a three-time United States Olympian and 2010 Gold Medalist in 4-man bobsled, motivational speaker, and philanthropist who has dedicated much of his life-to-date to achieving one major goal- winning an Olympic Gold Medal. He is now committed to sharing his experiences and the life lessons he learned while breaking a 62-year American Olympic Gold Medal drought and a 50-year American World Championship drought.
On May 1st 2011, President Barack Obama announced to the world that Al Queda leader, Osama Bin Laden had been killed by U.S. military forces in Pakistan after an 8 month mission to find and “bring him to justice.” While the reaction is mixed, on the whole, people seem to see the end of this man’s life as the beginning of a new conversation regarding, terror, wars, and healing from the tragedies of September 11th, 2001. So now what? Does the death of Osama Bin Laden mean anything for equality and human rights around the world?
What happens in the next few weeks will be a critical indicator of how the chips will fall after this historic military action. Analysts seem to be divided on what may occur when the dust settles. Some think this will mean the end of Al Queda as we know it and the systematic oppression that comes from their radical beliefs, while others feel the death of Bin Laden will mean nothing to an organization that has evolved and fractured since the attack on U.S. soil. It’s anyone’s guess at this point, but can we dare to hope that this global shake-up will lead to a shift in equality and human rights in the Middle East and beyond?
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TOPICS: campaign, children, Chris Giunchigliani, civil liberties, Education, Equality, Human Rights, I AM EQUAL, Las Vegas, Mayor, photo, Project, reform, special education, teacher, world tour
Chris G. is passionate about many things but education holds a special place in her heart. She has dedicated her entire professional career to the causes of education, protecting children, and ensuring proper resources & attention are being given to the next generation.
Long-time Las Vegas mayor, Oscar Goodman took time out of his schedule to join the I AM EQUAL project and show his support for the human rights, equality, and civil liberties issues that face our communities and the people of his great city. Although he has ruffled feathers and is considered by many to be a controversial public official, Mayor Goodman is much loved by his city and has come to represent the unique flavor of this dessert oasis.