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There's been over 124K Tweets about the issue and the girls want answers
By
Sarah Norton

Source:
Zela
6 May 2016 - 2:58 PM  UPDATED 6 May 2016 - 3:34 PM

Girls in Saudi Arabia are demanding they have the right to PE lessons at school, but social media is divided.

In 2013 girls from private schools in Saudi Arabia were allowed to take part in PE classes. However, they were only allowed if they abided by a dress code that complies with sharia rules.

After three years, all girls in Saudi Arabia want the right to join in. They’re demanding to have female PE lessons in all schools in the country.

Twitter erupted into a discussion using an Arabic hashtag that a Twitter user says translates in English to #officially_womenz_sports_in_school. There is over 124000 tweets under the trending hashtag.

Many Saudis used social media to express their support for girls having the right to PE lessons, while others used the online platform to disagree.

The Independent reported that a Twitter user said the idea is sinful and girls doing PE would be pushing the boundaries too far, which would bring the end of the world.

Others took to Twitter to make fun of the idea.

Many are awaiting the Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Education to make a comment on the outcome of this social media uprising. The official spokesperson, Mubarak Al-Osaimi said they haven't made a decision yet about whether they would be allowing PE classes for girls schools.

Sport should be a human right. Women should have the right to play, in every country, under any rules.

Last year the UK Telegraph reported that Saudi Arabia proposed holding a gender-segregated Olympic Games. The publication reported that the Prince had told a French website, “Our society can be very conservative. It has a hard time accepting that women can compete in sports."

His argument was supported by the fact that in their culture women are not really allowed to wear sporting clothes in public. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) didn't hesitate to shut down Saudi Arabia's request. The committee holds true to its commitment that no country will discriminate.

In 2014 a woman was imprisoned for trying to attend a volleyball game in Saudi Arabia, after it was made illegal for women to attend in 2012. Women have been banned from attending soccer matches in Saudi Arabia since 1979.

Physical education needs to be introduced into all primary schools and high schools in the country. It should be available for all genders too.

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