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Interview with Princess Reema bin Bandar al-Saud

Updated: Sep 11, 2018

By Laura Kelly

I sat down for an interview with Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud this week. The Saudi Princess spearheading the national movement to engage the Kingdom’s next generation in sports and athletics spoke openly and candidly about the challenges her team faces in promoting a culture that is both foreign and antithetical to a society ingrained by religious propriety, gender segregation, and top-down governance. 

“Two narratives that we’re trying to shift in our country is gender segregation… and the reintegration of the family,” said Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud, in a roundtable discussion at the Middle East Policy Institute in Washington D.C. on Thursday.

“So it is a social cohesion dialogue through physical activity and public spaces.” 

In 2016, the princess was appointed Vice-President, Development and Planning, General Sports Authority, with the task of normalizing amateur and community involvement in sports for both boys and girls, men and women.

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