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
via Driving May Damage Your Ovaries – NYTimes.com.
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.
via United Arab Emirates residents want crackdown on foreign women’s skimpy dress – NY Daily News.
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.
via Kony video proves social media’s role as youth news source: Pew – Technolog on msnbc.com.
Hashtag Activism, and Its Limits – NYTimes.com.
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.
via Uganda, After ‘Kony 2012,’ Tries to Emphasize the Positive – NYTimes.com.