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What is life like for Saudi women?
Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:2AM
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Saudi Arabia will allow women to compete under its flag in the Olympic Games for the first time this summer.


International Olympic Committee had previously reported to say that the country could be disqualified for gender discrimination after it appeared to block female athletes from taking part.

Now the female show jumper Dalma Rushdi Malhas is the first ever female to compete for Saudi Arabia on the Olympic Games.

She is born in Ohio and received her trainings mainly in Italy and France. There is almost no public tradition of women participating in sport in Saudi Arabia.

Last year Manal al-Sharif a Saudi women rights activist was jailed for driving. Mrs Sharif was jailed after she posted a video of herself driving in the Saudi city of Khobar on YouTube.Women are barred from driving in Saudi Arabia.

This week’s Islam and Life asks: What is life like for Saudi women?
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