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Saudi girls’ secrets
A new television show, featuring three fully covered Saudi women, is giving viewers a glimpse of the secretive world of teenage girls in Saudi Arabia, Arab News reports.
November 4, 2009 1:07 by Fatima Sidiya
“He presented the idea to me and I liked it. He gave me the main points and I’ve been preparing the discussions ever since,” she said.
Commenting on how she looks on TV, Sawsan said, “Basically, this is my hijab and I don’t wear it because of the channel. The channel is an Islamic one and has a rule that I appear in full hijab.”
Sawsan, who is appearing on TV for the first time, said she was initially anxious. Her family has, however, been supportive, particularly since “people will not see me” and the program reaches out to young women.
Something that has also appealed to her family is the fact that her work environment is women-only; male technical assistants do not enter the studio while women are inside and carry out their duties from outside. Commenting on feedback on the program, Sawsan said, “I’ve seen comments on the Internet, spoke to my friends and heard varying opinions in my community in Riyadh. You can’t please all – everything new is refuted by some and welcomed by others.”
Speaking about a woman who criticized her appearance on TV she questioned why would people criticize her while she is in full hijab and leave other women who appear in improper dresses on various channels.
Sawsan added that in addition to compliments from the channel’s owner and the program’s director, the support of religious scholars – such as Sheikh Salim al-Gadani and Sheikh Ghazi al-Shammari – has been very encouraging for her.