Pas de ville pour femmes en Arabie Saoudite

August 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

La presse internationale s’est emballée autour de la supposée création en Arabie Saoudite d’une ville exclusivement réservée aux femmes.

De  France 24, en passant par Le Monde, Guardian, Daily Mail, Huffington Post,  ABC News, Russia Today, etc.

Les rédactions se sont empressées de reprendre une partie du titre d’un communiqué de MODON,  Saudi Industrial Property Authority, qui commence ainsi  « Planning and Development for the First Industrial City being readied for Women in the Kingdom. » Sans vraiment tenir compte de la suite : “Al-Ahsa 2nd Industrial City will create job opportunities for both men and women.”

An aerial view of Al-Ahsa Industrial City.

Une ville uniquement habitée par des femmes, reviendrait à pousser à l’extrême et de manière absurde l’idée d’une ségrégation entre les sexes. Si cela a créé un tel emballement médiatique c’est que cette histoire est digne d’un roman de science-fiction, qui frappe tout de suite les esprits, d’autant qu’elle cadre avec l’idée que l'”on” peut se faire de l’Arabie Saoudite. Une dystopie qui de plus fait d’une certaine manière écho au roman de Margaret Atwood, La Servante Ecarlate (The Handmaid’s Tale), où il est question d’une théocratie totalitaire.

Source : Al Arabiya News

Saudi Arabia is not building an industrial city for women only.
Let us repeat this: Saudi Arabia is NOT building an industrial city for women only.
Contrary to reports in the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Huffington Post, ABC News, Russia Today and dozens, if not hundreds, of other sources who published the story apparently without bothering to check facts with the primary source.

The reports about a new industrial city in the eastern part of the country planned to provide work opportunities for women were initially carried by the Saudi local media on Aug. 8. International media outlets picked up the story few days later.
The Guardian first published the story on Aug. 12, then followed up the next day with two blog posts. One by columnist Zoe Williams, who mistakenly called the new industrial city “Hofuf”  – the name of an existing town near to where the industrial city will be located, – and predicts that it will be “exceedingly productive” because it will have no children.
“Given a couple of years, it will look something like South Korea compared with North,” Williams wrote. “Sleeker, shinier, way further into the 21st century.”
The other column, by Homa Khaleeli, likened what will happen in the new city to a “U.S.-style Jim Crow racial segregation.”
Strong words, but they are based on the false premise that the new proposed industrial city will be inhabited by women only. Let us step back for bit and see how we got here.
It all started with a press release by MODON, the Saudi Industrial Property Authority. The title of this press release reads: “’MODON’ begins Planning and Development for the First Industrial City being readied for Women in the Kingdom.”
It seems that no one read past that title. The subhead of the press release, set in italics, reads: “Al-Ahsa 2nd Industrial City will create job opportunities for both men and women.”
Yes, both men and women.
The second paragraph clearly states that the city “is not intended for women only.”
MODON clarified the issue further on Tuesday.
“It’s a city like any other city, where men and women work. But special sections and production halls will be reserved for women within the factories,” the Authority told Al Arabiya English via Twitter.

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