Jeddah: In an unprecedented event in
ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, Saudi women claimed the world
record for forming the largest-ever human pink ribbon at a
rally to raise awareness about breast cancer.
More than 4,000 pink-clad women, Saudis and foreigners
gathered on a stadium pitch in Jeddah yesterday to form the
giant ribbon -- the global symbol of the fight against breast
cancer -- to break the previous record of 3,640 set in
Germany in 2007.
"We have conquered the world record of Germany with a
human chain exceeding 4,000 women," announced Princess Reema
bint Bandar, a leader of the effort.
"We are pleased with this achievement and thank all those
who supported us in the campaign for their efforts," she told
the all-female crowd.
The women arrived at the education ministry stadium in
the Red Sea city of Jeddah dressed in the ubiquitous
all-black, shroud-like Muslim abaya robe which women are
compelled to wear in public in the kingdom.
But they then topped their abayas with blush-coloured
ponchos and scarves, turning the stadium into sea of pink.
Bowing to the Islamic regime`s strict rules keeping men
and women separated, men were not allowed to view the event. A
number of princesses present refused to have their pictures
taken with their faces exposed.
But there was huge enthusiasm for the rally on the field.
"I came with my sister to find out more about breast
cancer," 25-year-old Hanan Jassim said. "My mother is infected
with the disease so we want to receive more information and we
support those who are afflicted."