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Aswat: Voices of Arabia is an English language podcast from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which explores the lives, aspirations, and achievements of women of the region.

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Aswat: Voices of Arabia is an English language podcast from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which explores the lives, aspirations, and achievements of women of the region.

    One year on

    One year on

    Today, exactly one year ago, women in Saudi Arabia started driving again. On the 24th June 2018, a driving ban that had been in place for many decades, was lifted. It was a huge step forward. To celebrate this day, we're replaying our very first episode, 'Driving, at last!'

    • 15 min
    Resilience

    Resilience

    In our second chat with Modia Batterjee, she talks about her work as a resilience practitioner. Through her involvement with Al Bidayah Centre, the breastfeeding clinic in Jeddah, she's come to realize the tenacity of Saudi women in their day to day routines - more so, in many ways, than with women in other parts of the world, due to the local challenges.

    Modia's resilience has also been tested but she's found a way to help her through tough times. Here's her story. 

    • 16 min
    Modia's Story - Nurturing Motherhood

    Modia's Story - Nurturing Motherhood

    Saudi Arabia has become a nation of bottle feeders since the increased availability of infant formula during the oil boom. The country also has a high prevalence of breast cancer deaths due to low awareness of methods of early detection. Only recently has it even become acceptable to discuss breast cancer. 

    Modia Batterjee and her mother, Anne, started a breastfeeding centre in Jeddah to highlight the importance of breast feeding for mother and child as well as its role in improving early detection. 

    • 23 min
    The Graffiti Artist

    The Graffiti Artist

    Graffiti plays an important role in urban landscapes in cities around the world. Here, in Saudi Arabia, it's more subtle because you're not allowed to do graffiti just anywhere. 

    But the graffiti movement, while more controlled, is beginning to find a voice. Hanan Kamal is part of that movement. 

    • 16 min
    The Storyteller

    The Storyteller

    Danya Al Hamrani has been telling stories for as long as she can remember.

    In 2008, she and her business partner, Dania Nassif, started the production company, Eggdancer - the first company in Saudi Arabia,  to be owned and run by women. 

    Eggdancer has produced their first long documentary "Rise: The Journey of Women in Saudi Arabia."

    Danya tells us her story.

    • 20 min
    Maggie's journey

    Maggie's journey

    Maggie Andriopoulos has done more than 5500 dives, mostly in the Red Sea off Jeddah.  She moved to Saudi Arabia with her family for a two year stay, but two Gulf wars and thirty years later, she's still enjoying life here. 

    • 15 min

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