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Transcript of Education

Norah Majrashi
Born in Dahran, Saudi Arabia
Raised in Los Angeles
Bachelor's of science, Public Health - California State Univeristy Los Angeles
Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabian Women
Stereo type:
My Journey to Education
Started after high school
What to do next?
My only hope for college education was to receive a scholarship
Low socioeconomic status meant that my family was unable to support my education financially
Misconception about Saudi Arabians to be rich, or well-off
Traveling to Saudi Arabia at 18 years of age, alone
It was a frightening experience
Obstacles in Saudi Arabian Society
Male-dominated culture
Requirement of a "mahram" ; guardian
Every female must be accompanied by a relative male (i.e. father, husband, brother, uncle, etc.)
Culture shock
Although I was born in Saudi Arabia, I was accustomed to Western culture due to living in the United States (2001 - 2010)
I traveled to the U.S. at an early age; 9 yr old
Woman are unable to drive due to societal and cultural factors
Society is unaccustomed to the idea
Family Factors
Saudi women are uneducated
Patriarchal family dynamic
Fathers, or father figures have authority over women/ children
Fathers or father figures make all decisions in the family
Being the oldest sibling
Added responsibilities
Earning for the family
Absence of a parent
It has become a destructive trend that affect all aspects of a child's life
Parent's low educational level
Difficult to understand how to effectively solve problems
Find YOUR Motivation!
First generation college student
Sense of achievement
Expand your knowledge and interests
Socio-economic status
Threat of a lower quality of life
Maya Angelou - Still I Rise
The Future
Nursing graduate school
Advanced healthcare practitioner
The number of Saudi women graduating from university is 2.5 rate higher than men
http://epaa.asu.edu/ojs/article/ view/183/309
What is hijab?
Hijab / headscarf / veil
A veil that covers the head and chest
Worn by Muslim woman after puberty, in the presence of men who are not related to her
"Hijab" : Arabic word meaning 'cover'
Why is hijab worn?
Muslim women believe it is the command of God
As a means of expressing identity
Cultural reasons
Hijab is a personal choice
Some Muslim women do not wear the hijab
Ameerah AlTaweel
Dr. Mona AlMunajjed
Dr. Hayat Sindi
Dr. Khawla Alkhuraya
Philanthropist / humanitarian
Burkina Faso (West Africa) orphanage
Involved in women's rights, disaster relief & poverty
Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation
Saudi Arabia's top female Sociologist
Received UN-21 award
Published author
Listed as the 9th of the 100 most influen-tial Arab women (Arabian Business)
First women in the Gulf to obtain Ph.D in biotechnology from Cambridge
Co-founder of Diagnostics for All
Developed (MARS), a tool used for early breast cancer detection
Dedicated physician to cancer research
First woman to receive King Abdulaziz Award for excellence
Most famous for identifying a gene that encourages formation of cancer cells in the body
Kingdom, ruled by a Monarchy
Current king: Salman Al Saud
Rich culture:
Located at the center of ancient trade
Natural resources
Oil, gold, silver, copper, zinc
Population: 30 million & increases by 2.7% yearly
Spoken language: Arabic
Religion: Islam
People who wear hijab.......
Are oppressed
Are terrorist
Are religious (yes & no)
Never take it off
Sleep in it
Shower in it
Don't have hair
Find YOUR inspiration!
Malala Yousafzai
Caesar Chavez
Martin Luther King
Mother Teresa
Maya Angelou
Pakistani female activist
Stood up against Taliban and defended young girls' rights to education
Youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate
Roman Catholic religious nun who
Recipient of 1979 Nobel Peace Prize
Founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity:
Congregation of women dedication to helping the poor
Latino American civil right's activist
Co-founder of United Farm Workers
He was persistent in his role in the labor movement, and he was an advocate for animal rights as well
Christian minister, activist, humanitarian
Led the African-American civil rights movement
In 1964, received the Nobel Peace Prize
American author, poet, dancer, actress and singer
Known for her autobiography
"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"
Active civil right's movement advocate, and worked with MLK
Life expectancy and economic hardship correlation
Life expectancy by city
Where I am Now
A passionate individual about the healthcare system, and the overall well-being of individuals in the healthcare system
I currently spend my free time volunteering at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and California Hospital Medical Center
King Saudi University, Riyadh
Kingdom center, Riyadh
Red Sea Mall, Jeddah
The Corniche, Dahran
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