Veiled Desires

 Tuesday 25 May 2010

I’ve just been in Bahrain, where I found these beautiful, incredibly subversive images of women. Most are adverts from the bazaar, but I also interviewed Khadija (middle) who drives a London taxi for a living. Bahrain is connected by a causeway to Saudi Arabia, where women are not even allowed to drive their own cars. Khadija says no one has ever refused to be driven by her, and clients often ask for a woman driver. Some politicians say the relative freedom of Bahraini women is having an impact next door in Saudi – they may be over-optimistic, but I hope they’re right.

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