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A new Saudi newspaper tackling women’s issues is hot off the press, but what sort of women’s issues will it tackle?

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By  John Irish Published  June 12, 2003

Women in Saudi Arabia will soon be able to drink their early morning coffee with a copy of the latest women’s broadsheet paper to hit Saudi newsstands. Dunya, which has a yearly budget of SR 1 million (US $273,000), will initially be a weekly before becoming a daily from January 01 next year.

The paper is currently based in the eastern province, but is hoping to expand throughout Saudi Arabia, the Gulf and the rest of the Arab world. Its circulation will begin at 50,000 copies each week.

“Our aim is to make Saudi, Gulf and Arab women’s voices heard inside and outside of the Kingdom, so that Arab women gain their rights and achieve their goals,” Hoda Al Mohawaas, Dunya’s editorial supervisor in Dammam told Arabian business.

The new weekly has an editorial team of 50 female correspondents spread across Saudi with further correspondents outside the Kingdom. Motaz Al Quwaizi, Dunya’s deputy editor in chief asserted that although the editing staff was mostly male, the long-term plan was to gradually replace them with women.

According to Al Mohawwas, the idea behind the newspaper has been around for a while, but while acquiring financial support was relatively easy, gaining moral support took more time.

The newspaper will focus on a variety of women’s issues in line with Islam, as well as including a single page, named ‘Adam’, which according to Quwaizi would “reflect the evils of a male dominated society.”

“Calling for the liberation of women is not our concern because Islam reserved our rights as women. There are many other issues and difficulties that women face, which will be discussed and handled,” said Al Mohawwas.

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