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Saudi Arabia is the second largest Muslim country (Algeria is the largest). Its population of 27 million does very well if a citizen is one of the 7,000 princes who can do whatever they like, and less well if the citizen is a man, men can travel freely and divorce without reason but cannot say a syllable against the absolute monarch or sharia law; and horrible for women who are treated all their lives like children or useful beasts of burden.

The very look of a woman is offensive; in public they must be covered completely. So poisonous is a woman that if she is raped she must be executed, even if she is only 6 years old. Because the law insists it was her fault. Always.

Saudi Arabia gets away with massive human rights abuses because it is swimming in oil, and ridiculously wealthy, and a major buyer of weapons, which the United States falls over itself selling to totalitarian regimes.

The success of religionists in planting the idea that cold-blooded murder of little girls and bloggers is holy has been widely noted. Religionists in neighboring countries have convinced young unemployed men lacking skills that shooting cartoonists and Jews and Syrians and Nigerians is good. And Saudi Arabia responds by building walls around its country, to keep out the fighters they so happily groomed.
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Omani fashion label donates face masks in COVID-19 fight
Tue, 2020-04-07 16:40

DUBAI: Omani womenswear label Amal Al-Raisi is the latest fashion house to join the fight against COVID-19. The fashion designer behind the eponymous brand has announced that she will be using deadstock fabric to manufacture and distribute reusable face masks. She will be producing approximately 200 masks per week and giving these out free of charge with online orders and distributing them to organizations in Oman that help those in need.

Major fashion and beauty brands have stepped up to help curb the spread of the infectious disease. 

The LVMH factory has started making hand sanitizer; Burberry is funding research for a single-dose vaccine currently underway at the University of Oxford and US-based hijab company Haute Hijab is providing headscarves to the female healthcare workers fighting COVID-19.

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Tue, 07 Apr 2020 13:44:21 +0000

Elisa Sednaoui debuts collection for a good cause
Tue, 2020-04-07 11:30

DUBAI: She previously served as the muse for one of famed footwear designer Christian Louboutin’s handbag collections and now Elisa Sednaoui Dellal has debuted her very own range of accessories.

The Egyptian-Italian model, actress and philanthropist has launched a new collaboration with France-based accessories label Josefina. Featuring 16 leather carryalls, pouches, backpacks and accessories handcrafted by artisans in Spain, the profits from the collaboration will go toward her educational social enterprise Funtasia.

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It’s here!!!! The collection of which 100% proceeds (after costs of production) will benefit @funtasiaeducation programmes in Italy, Egypt, Mexico, and soon Argentina, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the USA thank you @francelamyherbeau for your generosity and vision, for allowing me to have so much fun and freedom working on the creative direction of this line, with the exceptionally talented of @briandafjstuart Thank you both for wanting to help FUNTASIA! @josefinabags are #handmade in #Spain, supporting #craftsmanship. Since I discovered them nearly 3 years ago, the practicality of their internal compartments , blended with the versatile and ethereal look, Which is so hard to find in so called #maternity bags , has become a companion. We loved the Ancient Egyptian inspired crocodile and cats so much that we decided to expand the collection to additional make up cases and computer case LINK IN BIO

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“It’s here! The collection of which 100 percent (of the) proceeds (after costs of production) will benefit @funtasiaeducation programs in Italy, Egypt, Mexico and soon Argentina, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the US,” wrote the mother-of-two on Instagram, thanking creative director of Josefina, France Lamy Herbeau, for her “generosity and wisdom” and for allowing her to “have so much fun and freedom working on the creative direction of this line.”

The Italy-born beauty, who spent much of her childhood in Egypt, decided to pay  sartorial homage to her Egyptian roots by decorating each bag with crocodiles and an interpretation of the Abyssinian cat — a representation of the Ancient Egyptian sun deity, Ra.

“We loved the Ancient Egyptian inspired crocodile and cats so much that we decided to expand the collection to additional makeup cases and a computer case,” she stated on Instagram.

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Over the past year I was fortunate enough to work on this beautiful collaboration for the benefit of @funtasiaeducation. #Jozefina bags are beautiful #handmade #bags supporting #Spanish #artisans, with a special twist for our active life: inside compartments that have been so practical to me when I become a #mother of my second #baby. The most talented artist @briandafjstuart accepted to come on board and we worked together inspired by #AncientEgyptian #Mythology , of course The cat specifically representing Ra the sun of God, and the crocodile I’ve been so amazed by your reaction to the first images Thanks to all of you who have displayed interest, luckily the bags were produced before the on set of the global pandemic so they will be available very soon...

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Designed with practicality in mind, the internal compartments within the designs came in very handy, according to Sednaoui Dellal, after she had her second child.

The Josefina x Funtasia Education collaboration is currently available for purchase online, where the pieces retail from $63 to $377.

The model is always coming up with creative ways to benefit her social enterprise. In November, she partnered with former Princess Alia Al-Senussi of Libya to guest curate the “Contemporary Curated” auction at Sotheby’s London, with the sale of ten of the works collected for the auction going toward Funtasia.

Founded in 2013, the Elisa Sednaoui Foundation’s mission is to promote the educational development of children and adults, as well as provide access to hands-on creative learning experiences and programs.

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Tue, 07 Apr 2020 08:33:41 +0000

Gigi Hadid takes fans on a backstage tour of past fashion weeks
Mon, 2020-04-06 11:25

DUBAI: This week, part-Palestinian supermodel Gigi Hadid published a flurry of images from the Fall 2020 Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks on @gisposable, her Instagram account dedicated solely to her polaroid prints, as well as on her main Instagram page.

The prints featured a behind-the-scenes look at everything from backstage fittings to model lineups. 



Backstage at the @fendi FW20 show Milan Fashion Week. February 20th, 2020.

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Featured in the snaps was French-Algerian model Farida Khelfa clapping as designer Jean Paul Gaultier is lifted up by a crowd after his last-ever couture show in January. There’s a leather-clad Bella Hadid striking a pose backstage and grainy candid snaps of models Adut Akech and Kaia Gerber before they stepped onto the catwalk at the Prada show. US model Kendall Jenner is also featured in the metallic silver minidress she wore to close the most recent Versace show.

“Strange but comforting to go through this film and see the difference in reality we were all living just over a month ago,” Hadid wrote on her main Instagram account. “We need to do the right thing now (STAY HOME) so that we can experience these moments of togetherness again! Grateful for everyone I work with, for the creativity they share with the world. Grateful for the way the industry has adapted during this time to not only continue creating and giving us the opportunity to work from home – not taken for granted – but also to do their part to give back.”

She launched the photography account in October 2019 to share a glimpse into her life. 



Backstage at the @prada FW20 show Milan Fashion Week. February 20th, 2020.

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It’s not the first time she has taken on a role on the other side of the camera. The supermodel first snapped pictures behind the scenes of the Met Gala and contributed photography for V Magazine back in 2017. When the magazine first showcased Hadid's photography, the model mentioned her long-time interest in the medium, even revealing that she ran her own photography service in her early teens.

"I had my own photography business. I even had a website, It’s definitely not up anymore. I took pictures of my friends and their horses for less money than the professionals. I’d package all the pictures in my bedroom and my friends would give them to their moms as gifts,” she shared.

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Haute Hijab sends headscarves to healthcare personnel fighting COVID-19
Sun, 2020-04-05 14:45

DUBAI: In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, individuals and organizations around the world have engaged in acts of generosity in bid to help struggling health services. Fashion houses have donated masks and hospital beds; the LVMH factory has started making hand sanitizer; Huda Kattan donated $100,000 to freelance makeup artists experiencing a lack of work and just this past week, US-based hijab company Haute Hijab has announced that it will give headscarves to the female healthcare workers fighting COVID-19. 

Melanie El-Turk, CEO and co-founder of Haute Hijab, initially planned to donate 250 headscarves to female medical staff, but upon noticing that the need for hijabs was more crucial than anticipated — all of the headscarves were snapped up in less than 45 minutes — she decided to keep the campaign going by donating one premium jersey headscarf to a Muslim healthcare worker each time a consumer goes onto their website and buys the AED 75 product to be given to a medical worker in need on their behalf.  



Wow. When we announced our campaign to donate 250 Jersey Hijabs to medical workers on the frontlines of COVID-19 this morning, all 250 were spoken for in less than 45 minutes - which tells us there are hundreds if not thousands more who are putting themselves at risk. As a community we Muslims make up a healthy portion of the healthcare profession and so many of our friends and family members are currently risking their lives with this pandemic. Having a fresh, sanitary hijab is one less thing they’ll have to worry about. To keep this going (as suggested by our incredible HH Fam) we’re leaving the form open for any healthcare professional to fill out or for you to fill out on behalf of someone on the frontlines. To fulfill these requests, we created a product page for you to donate a hijab and we’ll ship a Jersey Hijab (which medical professionals say is the best product we carry for them) on your behalf. Tap on this photo or click the link in my bio to donate or swipe up in my story to request a hijab. We’re all in this together and we owe a debt of gratitude to everyone on the frontlines, risking their lives everyday. #Hijabs4Heroes #SponsorAHijab #COVID19 #Sadaqah

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“Wow. When we announced our campaign to donate 250 Jersey Hijabs to medical workers on the frontlines of COVID-19 this morning, all 250 were spoken for in less than 45 minutes — which tells us there are hundreds if not thousands more who are putting themselves at risk,” she wrote on Instagram.

“As a community, we Muslims make up a healthy portion of the healthcare profession and so many of our friends and family members are currently risking their lives with this pandemic,” El-Turk wrote. “Having a fresh, sanitary hijab is one less thing they’ll have to worry about.”

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Sun, 05 Apr 2020 11:53:27 +0000

Salma Abu Deif teams up with UNICEF for charity drive
Sun, 2020-04-05 13:01

DUBAI: Egyptian actress Salma Abu Deif posted a video on her Instagram account urging her followers to donate to UNICEF’s fight against COVID-19.

The organization is attempting to supply essential supplies and protective equipment to where they are needed most to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which has claimed more than 64,000 lives worldwide.

Wearing a black UNICEF t-shirt, the 25-year-old asked her 1.6 million followers to click on the link supplied in her Instagram bio to donate to the non-profit humanitarian organization amid the coronavirus crisis to help vulnerable families and children get the resources they need to protect themselves during the ongoing pandemic.

“Good morning everyone. I hope you’re doing good and staying home safely during these hard times of fighting COVID-19,” she starts off saying in the video.

“On behalf of UNICEF, I’m asking you to visit the link in my bio or the one on UNICEF’s page to donate to UNICEF as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow so fast. UNICEF is procuring and shipping vital supplies, including personal protective equipment, to countries affected.”

The actress then reiterates her message in Arabic, in an effort to reach a wider audience.

In 2019, the “Sheikh Jackson” actress teamed up with the charity organization to meet with Syrian refugee children at Zouq Bhannin, an informal settlement in Lebanon.

The actress also visited the Shatila Palestinian Camp, a refugee camp for displaced Palestinian families and children in Lebanon, in 2019, calling it the most “eye-opening” experience of her life.

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The most eye opening experience in my life. with @unicef @uniceflebanon visiting Shatila Palestinian Camp and spending some playful and educational time with the kids and women learning about the activities and services they have been working on for the past few years to improve The Shatila Community. Shatila is a Palestinian refugee camp that was established after the 1948 Arab–Israeli War to accommodate the Palestinian refugees who fled or were expelled during the 1948 Palestinian exodus. To help please go check my bio for more info. زيارتي مع يونيسيف في زيارة إلى مخيم شاتيلا الفلسطيني وقضاء بعض الوقت الممتع والتعليمي مع الأطفال والنساء للتعرف على الأنشطة والخدمات التي كانوا يعملون عليها في السنوات القليلة الماضية لتحسين مجتمع شاتيلا. شاتيلا هو مخيم للاجئين الفلسطينيين أنشئ بعد الحرب العربية الإسرائيلية عام 1948 لاستيعاب اللاجئين الفلسطينيين الذين فروا أو طُردوا خلال الهجرة الفلسطينية @unicef_mena عام 1948. للمساعدة برجاء زيارة الرابط في البايو

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In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, individuals and organizations around the world have engaged in acts of generosity, including various fashion houses, celebrities and models who are all doing their part, whether by providing meals to families or uniting with organizations such as UNICEF to raise awareness.

For her part, part-Saudi model Shanina Shaik posted an Instagram video last week announcing that she is participating in the #DoYourPartChallenge. The pop star and model has begun working with food delivery service DoorDash in the US to provide meals to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m going to be taking part in the Do Your Part challenge thanks to DoorDash. I’m going to be providing meals to families in need during this time, so if you could please direct message me or send a comment below, I can do what I can to help you out,” the 29-year-old said. “Stay strong guys and I’m sending lots of love to all of you.”

French-Tunisian model and singer Sonia Ben Ammar posted a similar video urging those in need to reach out to her.

In a clip uploaded to her Instagram account, the 20-year-old reiterated how important the challenge is, thanking her friends for nominating her. “I know that there’s a lot of people struggling, families, businesses, people losing their jobs, so I think it’s important to help out however you can (sic),” she stated. Ammar then pledged to donate free gift cards for meals to people in need.

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Sun, 05 Apr 2020 10:06:59 +0000
Unedited, from the Saudi Gazette, Aug 19, 2015:
"JEDDAH — Makkah Emir Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who is also adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, has issued directives to all regional governors in the province to hold urgent meetings with tribal elders to finalize a document fixing a ceiling for dowry and discuss ways to end extravagant weddings, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.
In a cable sent to the governors, Prince Khaled said he had noticed some families had been demanding high dowries for their daughters, eventually leading to an increase in spinsterhood in the country.
He said the situation required the intervention of the governors, who shall prepare a document specifying the maximum amount of dowry to be paid to different categories of brides after consultations with the tribal leaders and sheikhs.
Prince Khaled suggested that the dowry for a virgin must be fixed at a maximum of SR50,000 and for a divorcee at SR30,000.
A recent study indicated that the number of spinsters in the Kingdom nearly tripled to 4 million in 2015 from less than 1.5 million in 2010. Sociologists have attributed the rise in spinsterhood in the Kingdom to demands of high dowries and rising marriage expenses."

Dr Susanna: In Aug 2015, approx 4 SR to 1 USD. So a virgin will cost you approx USD12,500 and a divorcee will cost you approx USD7,500. Personally, I am cheering the virgins and urging them to escape being owned any way they can. Especially by ISIS.