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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Saudis ban entertainment at women's charity events

From Al-Arabiya:
An official decree by Saudi Arabia has banned all forms of entertainment at women's charity events, according to press reports Thursday.

The Ministry of Social Affairs issued an urgent decree banning music, dancing, singing, and fashion shows at events held by women's charitable organizations, which make up 16 percent of the kingdom's 500 organizations, the London-based Asharq al-Awsat reported.

The decree came on the heels of the first fashion show, part of a designer contest for women, held in the kingdom last week.

Besides entertainment, the decree stipulates that all activities that contradict customs and traditions are banned. Fashion shows are only allowed if the clothes are displayed on mannequins, but no human models.

The ministry assigned its officials in each of the kingdom's 13 provinces the task of reviewing and authorizing all events organized by charitable associations and making sure the program does not include any banned activities.
Now, why would only women's charities be singled out? Presumably these events are women-only. Could it be that Saudis can't stand the idea of women having fun even among themselves?

And does this mean that the idea of women having fun, away from men, is so reprehensible that charities must lose money?