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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about the young Saudi Arabian woman who worked at the football match in Jeddah in January. There’s "On This Day", listener news, great music and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo and enjoy!


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This week’s quiz: On 20January, I asked you a question about a young Saudi Arabian woman. Earlier that month was the very first time women were allowed to enter a football stadium and watch a match, and one young woman even worked at the match, which was held in Jeddah. She put pictures on social media of herself and other women spectators which were a big hit – her tweet was “liked” over 14,000 times! My question to you was: what is her name? What is the name of the 18-year-old Saudi woman who helped organize and who worked at the first football match where women were allowed?

The answer is: Sarah Alkashgari. As noted, Ms Alkashgari is 18-years-old and is a student at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah. She told the BBC that it was a "great and surreal" experience. She said: "It was about women finally achieving one of their demands. We wanted to enter the stadiums and we did."

Ms Alkashgari said the sudden changes in her country have been extraordinary.

"Not only can we go to matches now but, in the future, we will be able to drive. It's so amazing to see all this empowerment for girls.

"We're finally showing the world what true Islam means. As a young Saudi woman, I couldn't be prouder to contribute to the change and see it happen."

Go Sarah Alkashgari! Saudi sisters, we’re with you!

The winners are: RFI Listeners Club members Haruna Iddrisu from Kumasi, Ghana and Fr Stephen Wara from Bamenda, Cameroon; Royse Cramton from Oak Park, Illinois in the US; Abdul Malek from the Karatoa RFI Radio Listeners Club in Sirajgonj, Bangladesh and Farhan Sadat Biswas from the Student's Oriental Radio Club in Murshidabad, India.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: Shostakovich: Waltz No 2; Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Flight of the Bumblebee”; “Rocket 88” by Jackie Brenston, performed by Jackie Brenston (vocals) and Ike Turner and The Kings of Harmony.

Have a musical request? Write me and let me know!

This week’s question: You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 2 April to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 7 April program. Be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

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Susan Owensby

RFI – The Sound Kitchen

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