Category: women’s rights

Sinta-The Indonesian Housemaid Prisoner Part 3-The End

This is the third and last part of the story of ‘Sinta’ and the friendship which grew between her and myself during the course of about four years. Read the first part of Sinta, the Indonesian Housemaid turned into a prisoner here. In the second part of her story there is a spark ofRead more

The Queens of Saudi Arabia Need to Drive

Attention Blue Abaya readers all over the world! I’m going to go ahead and post this, despite the chances that Blue Abaya website will be blocked by the “Magic Internet Fairy” in Saudi Arabia, who absolutely detests seeing anything related to the Saudi Women Driving Campaign. IRead more

26th October, The Day The World Almost Came To An End

Disclaimer: This is a satirical article and in order to fully comprehend it a sense of humor is essential. Reader discretion is advised. Please do not read any further in case you suffer from conditions such as HOI (Highly Offended Individual) or CRAP (Cranky Annoyed Person). (BAN) Blue AbayaRead more

Because I Am A Girl…

I wrote this poem thinking of my baby daughter, and I dedicate it to all the little girls out there living in their gilded cages. With the words of Alejandro Jodorowsky, “Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness”. “Because you are a girl. That is the reply, when I ask overRead more

Blue Abaya Interviewed- What is Life in Saudi Arabia Really Like?

I did some interviews for a couple of magazines which focus on what life in Saudi Arabia is like from my personal point of view, as a Finnish expatriate nurse. I think these interviews will be beneficial in answering questions of readers who are new to Saudi Arabia and/or new to Blue Abaya blog.Read more

Muttawa And Learning Disabilities

After my last post on the Saudi religious police aka muttawa, a friend of mine suggested I make a poll to see what people really thought them. Many it seems are afraid to express their disapproving thoughts on the moral cops publicly, even anonymously on blogs. Judging by the comments to the posts,Read more

An Expat’s Tale From A Saudi Jail

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to an extraordinarily brave and positive woman, expat nurse and friend of mine. Her memories of the years spent in Saudi Arabia are predominantly positive, despite some negative incidents(such as a terrifying trip to jail)  that occurred to her. Read on toRead more

King Abdullah Starts a New Era for Saudi Women

King Abdullah has announced in his speech something monumental in regards to women’s rights in the Kingdom.  This is a historical moment for Saudi women and Saudi Arabia as a country. King Abdullah has announced that women will be allowed to vote and participate as members in the appointedRead more

Human or Hayawaan?

I came across this disgusting video of young Saudi guys harassing fully covered women on the street. They are shamelessly groping the girls private parts. http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=b7000259ab Shame on them. It’s sickening and upsetting to watch. There are so many questions that come toRead more

Saudi women’s long journey from back seat to front seat

June 17th is here and according to the Saudi Women to Drive Campaign, Saudi women will start driving their cars themselves from today onward. Last time Saudi women sat in the drivers seat was in a protest back in 1990. I’m so excited about this and wish I could participate but this is a causeRead more

Saudi Government Offices- Women’s only sections

Saudi-Arabia is a gender segregated society where government offices are no exception to the rule. Women are not allowed in the main buildings at all because their male family members are supposed to take care of most of the woman’s issues. However there are specific much smaller sections forRead more

Fatwa Madness and Panda Supermarkets

In my previous post I talked about King Abdullah and how he is trying to move the Kingdom forward to this millenium. However some other Saudis seem to feel the opposite. They want to regress. Whenever something advanced happens in the Kingdom there will always be the people who want to drag thingsRead more