Reem Farahat waited for a ride request. Her phone pinged. "I've already cried twice," she said, heading out to work as one of Saudi Arabia's first female drivers for Careem. The Dubai-based ride-hailing app, along with global behemoth Uber, reacted to Saudi King Salman's September announcement of an end to the kingdom's ban on female motorists by saying it would hire women in the conservative kingdom. On Sunday, when the king's decree took effect, nearly a dozen Careem "captainahs" -- all Saudi women -- were ready to pick up riders. "This morning, when I got in the car, I felt the tears coming," Reem said as she stocked her car with chilled water bottles for her riders. "I pulled the car over and cried. I could not believe that we now drive... It's a dream. I thought it would be totally normal, I'd just get in the car and go. I was surprised by my own reaction." She took a long pause. "I didn't expect it," she said. "I'm doing this because I can. Because someone has to start." 'It's … [Read more...] about ‘Because I can’: ride-hailing app welcomes Saudi women driver
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Thailand’s goalkeeper Pannipa Kamolrat was the eventual hero, saving Nguyen Thi Hue’s effort in the shootout, before Hataichanok Tappakun sealed the victory with the decisive spot kick. In the meantime, Vietnam played defense-attack. They surprised the hosts and, if luck had been with them, they could score a goal. In the first half, Nguyen Thi Thanh had two spectacular shots, but she did not defeat goalkeeper Pannipa. Vietnam vs Thailand in the third-placed match of the AFC Women’s Futsal Championship 2018 on Saturday. Photo: afc.com Another Vietnamese counter-attack nearly decided the match, with just over one minute to go, but Trinh Nguyen Thanh Hang could not reach the ball after she rounded Pannipa. It was Pannipa who again stepped up to become the match winner in the penalty shootout, producing an excellent save to block Vietnam’s first penalty before Darika Peanpailun, Jenjira Bubpha and Hataichanok Tappakun each powered home their spot … [Read more...] about Vietnam ranks fourth at AFC Women’s Futsal Champs
Viet Nam News by Nguyễn Khánh Chi A recent lunch date with my old friends from university turned into a stirring round-table discussion when one friend proposed that we all make a plan to travel together. As we envisioned a change of pace, time together and the chance to explore, everyone seemed excited—but one woman looked a bit concerned. “Does that mean we leave our kids and husband at home?” she asked in a low voice. “Yes!” “Yep!” “Why not?” the others jumped in. Vietnamese traditional family values dating back to the feudal period stipulate that housework is women’s responsibility. This view is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it leads to celebrations of Vietnamese women’s dedication and hard work for their families. On the other, it punishes Vietnamese women who dare to assert some purpose or passion in life outside of their home. The persistence of this view makes it hard for many women to … [Read more...] about Women take a break from family for travel: Why not?
Viet Nam News The southern province of An Giang has given Việt Nam a cycling heroine. She is Nguyễn Thị Thật. People call her “the Queen of Vietnamese Cycling”. She won Việt Nam’s first women’s Asian gold medal at the Asian Road & Para-Cycling Championships 2018 in Myanmar. by Thanh Nga Nguyễn Thị Thật, “Queen of Vietnamese cycling” has marked 2018 by winning the country’s first-ever women’s Asian gold medal at the Asian Road & Para-Cycling Championships 2018 in Myanmar. She overcame 26 rivals, including powerhouses from China, Japan and South Korea, to take first place in the women’s 106-km road race in February. Thật, 25, from the southern province of An Giang, said the gold medal in Myanmar will be a driving force for her to take the gold in the upcoming Asian Games (ASIAD) 2018 to be held in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2. With the aim of … [Read more...] about Viet Nam’s queen of cycling
Viet Nam News by Hoàng Nguyên BẾN TRE – Under the hot afternoon sun in a small workshop, Lê Thị Thùy Vân is busy weaving plastic chairs along with six other women. Vân is the owner of the 40 sq-m workshop that was built thanks to co-financing from a fund which is part of the Adaptation in Mekong Delta (AMD) project in the Mekong Delta province in Bến Tre. In 2013, she started the chair-weaving business in Ba Tri District’s An Hiệp Commune after noticing that weavers in other districts were making good money. “In the beginning, there was only a small work station in my house, but now I have the workshop which was built a few months ago,” she said. She received VNĐ75 million (US$3,300) from the AMD project and contributed VNĐ60 million ($2,630) of her own cash and other assets as a counterfund. Thanks to the workshop, Vân has been able to expand her business and hire more workers. … [Read more...] about Rural Bến Tre women work their way out of poverty