The issues facing Saudi women seem a little more relevant to me now, a little more urgent. I am the mother of a spirited, intelligent, and talented half-Saudi girl. She will grow up a witness to the struggles of her fellow Saudi women, but I’ll not raise her to be a victim to those struggles, let her believe that she is limited, or let others tell her that her gender is the reason why she can or cannot do what she wants, say what she believes, or be who she is meant to be.Expats or not, the issues of the countries we call home are our issues too.When I first decided to come to Saudi to live, I was aware of certain hurdles facing the women here.I knew about the rule that said only men can drive. Regardless of our plans and our vision of where we will end up, life has its own agenda, taking us down roads we never even knew existed.
I socialize like an expat with mostly expat friends who are also married to Saudis.
She may enjoy a life that very much resembles the one she had back home, with parties, concerts or plays, and social events with friends or the expat community.