And so the Saudi authorities don’t issue women licenses, even though there is no basis in Islam and no Saudi law forbidding them from driving. Lacking a formal basis for the ban — which exists in no other Muslim state — Saudi religious conservatives have concocted curious arguments to justify it. Women drivers may spend too much on beauty products. They will distract male drivers. They risk being abducted. Driving could damage their pelvises and ovaries
They were inundated with responses that prompted them to launch a Twitter campaign dubbed @UAEDressCode that aims to explore ways to combat the growing number of shoppers in low-cut dresses and hot pants.
[Publication] Online Collective Action and the Role of Social Media in Mobilizing Opinions: A Case Study on Women’s Right-to-Drive Campaigns in Saudi Arabia
Agarwal, N., Lim, M., Wigand, R. Online Collective Action and the Role of Social Media in Mobilizing Opinions: A Case Study on Women’s Right-to-Drive Campaigns in Saudi Arabia, in C. G. Reddick & S. K. Aikins (eds.), Web 2.0 Technologies and Democratic Governance: Political, Policy and Management Implications, 99-123.
Word of the “Kony 2012″ video spread like lightning via social media networks like Twitter and Facebook, reaching “so many Americans in a relatively short period of time,” it demonstrated the “critical role social media played, especially for adults under age 30,” says a new study.
Online movements are probably not as effective as real world engagement, but occasionally they are powerful beyond the computer.
KAMPALA, Uganda — In its own way, Uganda is trying to claim its moment in an unfortunate spotlight.
A video posted online this month, “Kony 2012,” which is trying to call attention to the brutality of the Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony and his penchant for kidnapping and killing children, has turned the eyes of more than 100 million people to this developing, landlocked country.
By Amie Ferris-Rotman
KABUL | Thu Mar 8, 2012 11:00am EST
Reuters – Afghanistan opened its first female-only internet cafe on Thursday, hoping to give women a chance to connect to the world without verbal and sexual harassment and free from the unwanted gazes of their countrymen.