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August 22, 2012 / Man in the Mirror

The Vancouver Sun: Olympics a good venue to promote women’s rights


In this year’s Olympics every country – including Saudi Arabia, Brunei and Qatar – sent at least one female athlete, for the first time in history.

Saudi Arabia only confirmed it would send a female athlete two weeks before the start of the London Games.

Saudi Arabia is a very conservative country. Many Saudis strongly believe woman should not participate in sports, go to the gym or participate in physical education.

When they send a female to the Olympics, it is a great chance for all the children in Saudi Arabia to learn about equal rights and how women should have the same access to physical education as men.

I hope that by watching those women on TV they are given the inspiration and courage to do something about their rights.

I hope the government of Saudi Arabia comes to realize women and men are the same and they should have the same rights.

I hope sending females to the Olympics is just a start and soon women will have equal rights in everything from education to being able to choose who they marry. And not just in Saudi Arabia, but all over the world.

The Olympics is a great way to connect people from countries like Canada, where women have many rights, to countries like Saudi Arabia, where women don’t have a lot of rights. It may encourage governments to change their ways, to give more rights, and to make things better … for all humankind.

Lydia Ahn, age 13 Vancouver

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