women in the East

First Muslim woman to be elected to U.S. Congress

Former Michigan state lawmaker Rashida Tlaib is set to become the first Muslim woman elected to U.S. Congress after winning the Democratic primary for a House seat in the state. Tlaib will run unopposed in the general …

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Saudi Arabia hosts car show for women

The first women’s car exhibition in the Saudi capital of Riyadh marks the latest stage in preparations for the day when women can take to the wheels for the first time in the kingdom. The three-day exhibition …

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Women can now be Iran Air pilots

For the first time, the Iranian flag-carrier airline, Iran Air, is set to recruit female pilots, the CEO of Iran Air Farzaneh Sharafbafi said. The airline publishes a job vacancy advertisement to recruit new pilots …

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Women above 25 can travel to Saudi Arabia alone now

Women aged 25 and over can be granted a tourist visa to go to Saudi Arabia without the need to be accompanied by a family member, local media reported. "The tourist visa will be a single-entry visa, and valid for 30 days maximum. …

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Saudi Arabia to allow women into sports stadiums

Women in Saudi Arabia will finally be able to watch sporting events in all-male stadium from next year, the country’s General Sports Authority said. The planned law change comes as part of Saudi's reforms to give females more …

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 Gym for women opened in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan, president of the Community Sports Union, has opened the newest Studio 5 gym in Jeddah, which is based on electronic registration and scheduling sport sessions. The …

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 Saudi Arabia to let women drive

Saudi Arabia announced that it would allow women to drive, ending a longstanding policy that has become a global symbol of the oppression of women in the ultraconservative kingdom. The change, which will take effect in June 2018, was …

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Turkish women march in rights protest in Istanbul

Hundreds of Turkish women marched in the country's biggest city Istanbul on Saturday to protest against the violence and animosity they face from men demanding they dress more conservatively, Reuters reported. The march, dubbed …

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 Women may become part of Turkish army

Women aged between 20 and 46 years old may begin to serve in the Turkish army. The Turkish Defense Ministry is working on the corresponding bill. Turkish citizens can pay 18 thousand Turkish liras to be exempted from the mandatory …

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Marzieh Afham becomes first female ambassador of Iran

Marzieh Afham, who previously was the official representative of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, has been appointed as the ambassador of Iran to Malaysia, thus becoming the first-ever woman to hold such a high position. …

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