Three boys pedal their bicycles down a street in Jeddah. Every day I see boys or men here on bicycles. Many of the foreign workers use bicycles as their main form of transportation. Females are restricted from riding bicycles in public here in Saudi Arabia. The main reason cited is that from behind it would show the female’s form, therefore it would be too tempting for men to be able to control themselves. Hence, punish the women by not permitting them to ride bikes in the first place. I should also point out that navigating around on a bike while wearing a floor length abaya wouldn’t be easy either, but the reason women have to wear abayas is also pretty much the same reason why they can’t ride bikes. Because of their gender, females are restricted from participating in many activities here in this country. And I think it’s a shame…
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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