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Saudi men told how to stop flirting, harassing women

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal sponsors a new campaign aimed at educating young people how to behave in public places such as malls.

March 28, 2010 4:12 by

A group of young men in Riyadh has launched a campaign, entitled Layeg Aleek (It Suits You), to educate young men and women how to behave in public places such as malls.

The name of the campaign has been devised to convey the message that it ‘suits’ people to behave in a civil fashion with each other.

The campaign, which was launched two months ago, aims to educate young men on how to behave in an acceptable fashion around young women, and to discourage them from flirting and harassing them.

“We try to repair the negative attitudes of some young men by speaking and informing them that this is not acceptable in our religion. We also try to convince them that changing their attitude will benefit them and everyone in the Kingdom,” said Mohammed Saud, the campaign’s spokesman.

“Young men and women don’t usually listen to older people and their parents when they advise them. We think that when young people talk to other young people like them, they will feel ashamed and listen,” he added.

The campaign is based online and has become the voice of young men who wish to express their thoughts on social issues, especially with regard to their right to enter shopping malls and “family-only” public areas. Shopping malls in the Kingdom prevent men from entering without the company of women during busy hours.

Coaching young men how to dress and telling them what is acceptable to wear in public is another one of the campaign’s goals.

“Those young men should know better than to follow Western fashion as it doesn’t suit our society in many ways. We stress the fact that the individual is representing their country everywhere they go,” said Saud.

Over 2,800 people are supporting the campaign, which began with 20 people. “We feel responsible for this large number of people who have joined our group. We want more people to join and support us,” said Saud.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is sponsoring the campaign and has given the organizers a large stand at Burj Al-Mamlaka mall in Riyadh from where T-shirts and caps carrying the campaign’s logo are distributed. The members wish to expand throughout the Kingdom.

The campaign has faced opposition from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, which has accused members of mingling with girls inside malls. “We never walk to girls and talk to them. We simply stay next to our Layeg Aleek stand and they come and talk to us and ask us questions,” said Saud.

- Arab News

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  1. Miss Anne Thropic on March 28, 2010 4:39 pm

    It’s sad that young Saudi men even need to be told not to harass women. Although if the society was less segregated and women weren’t such a novelty to these guys, they might behave less like 12-year-old schoolboys and more like men.

  2. ryan on March 30, 2010 7:07 am

    It’s sad that KSA still lives in that phase … they are like from a different planet … ISLAM didn’t say that.
    Healthy environment and social experiences comes from knowledge not restraining the knowledge

  3. Andrew on March 30, 2010 4:39 pm

    Cannae believe I missed a topic like this till now. I’ve seen how Saudi men flirt, I wouldn’t call it flirting. Do it the same way in the western world and you’d be branded a sex pest, but of course we’re immoral and decadent so that’s irrelevant.

  4. Miss Anne Thropic on March 30, 2010 10:23 pm

    In most western countries, there are also proper sexual harassment laws in place and women who report any kind of sex pestilence, be it annoying harassment or something as serious as rape, are generally taken seriously and don’t run the risk of being charged with fornication. But we’re the uncivilised infidels…

  5. TILLY on April 4, 2010 8:59 am

    I thought they were supposed to be discouraging dressing in Western fashion, so why at their stand stand at Burj Al-Mamlaka mall are they handing out T-shirts and baseball caps?? In terms of fashion, it really doesn’t get more Western than that. Come on, think it through lads!!

  6. Miss Anne Thropic on April 4, 2010 12:03 pm

    Saudis love to moan about the evil west, yet one of the most popular cars in Saudi is the Chevy Surburban…

  7. Andrew on April 4, 2010 12:45 pm

    When a Saudi family is on the move it’s either the Chevy Subdivision or a Japanese bus. You makes your choices.

  8. Miss Anne Thropic on April 5, 2010 2:09 pm

    Superb! So they can either support the evil American imperialists or the evil Japanese whale killers!

    But seriously, as long as they’re all wearing seatbelts and the young kids are in safety seats (ha!), they can get about in Vengabuses for all I care.


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