What Does It Mean to Be a Sportswoman in Saudi Arabia? Listen In!
Video Editor & Creative Inputs: Rahul Sanpui
Graphics: Harsh Sahani & Mehul Tyagi
Saudi Arabia is becoming increasingly open to women entering sports.
In 2012, Saudi women athletes participated in the Olympics for the very first time. 2012 was also the year that FIFA lifted the ban on hijab for women football players.
Saudi is now home to a women’s basketball team, several running collectives, and gyms.
In the second episode of ‘Have Voice Will Talk’, we caught up with Halah Alhamrani, co-owner of Saudi Arabia’s first female combat gym called ‘FLAGboxing’, where ‘FLAG’ stands for #FightLikeAGirl.
#FightLikeAGirl: Saudi Arabia’s #MeToo Movement?
#FightLikeAGirl is a powerful hashtag. It’s may even count as Saudi Arabia’s own #MeToo movement.
#FightLikeAGirl is a mantra and a mission for Halah and the women who run ‘FLAGboxing’.
Halah Alhamrani: Kickboxer and Supermom
For Halah, a typical day at the gym begins as early as 7:30 am and ends quite late in the evening. As her weekdays are usually action-packed, here’s what Halah does in her spare time.
Want a lesson in work-life balance? This is what Halah has to say about managing her career and spending time with her son.
I definitely do balance work and motherhood. My son is my life and so is my job and I try to balance both equally. Sometimes one gets in the way of the other but that’s okay. For the most part, I’ve found a balance between being a mother and being a businesswoman.Halah Alhamrani, Kickboxer and Fitness Trainer
“Some People Are Unhappy with the Changes”
Halah is quite the supermom besides being a successful businesswoman at the age of 41. She is also a major social media influencer with several thousand followers on Instagram.
Halah is also aware that the changes that are occurring for Saudi women are the result of a long struggle and there are definitely some people who are unhappy to see them happening.
There is part of the population that is unhappy with the changes happening in Saudi Arabia. But I think what we have going for us is that 70 percent of the population is 30 years or younger. So that’s going to make it easier for the changes that are occurring.Halah Alhamrani, Kickboxer and Fitness Trainer
(‘Have Voice Will Talk’ is a podcast that connects you with people who have something to say. Sifting through digital noise, we bring you unique voices on issues that matter. Hey, you’re one story away from seeing the world afresh!)