Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Kim Finds Saudi Rules Hard Going

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Kim Finds Saudi Rules Hard Going

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Byline: Patrick Williams

IMAGINE not being allowed to drive, socialise with members of the opposite sex and being forced to sit in a special section of a restaurant.

Thatas life as a woman in Saudi Arabia.

Former Sunshine Coast mayoral candidate, author and business leader Kim Edwards is back in Australia after three months overseas in the Middle Eastern kingdom.

Sheas home in Kenilworth for the summer break, leaving behind average temperatures of about 45 degrees.

Ms Edwards spoke to the Daily about teaching at the worldas largest women-only university, adapting to strict rules and her cancer scare.

aIam enjoying the experience in Saudi Arabia,a she said.

aItas quite different than any other parts of the Middle East. Saudi Arabia is quite unique.

aItas probably the strictest country Iave been to. It has been very hard, very challenging to adapt to.a

Ms Edwards has taken up a 12-month teaching contract at Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University in Saudi Arabia capital Riyadh. …

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