“A young Saudi Arabian woman was murdered by her father for chatting on the social network site Facebook. The unnamed woman from Riyadh was beaten and shot after she was discovered in the middle of an online conversation with a man, the al-Arabiya website reported.

The case was reported on a Saudi Arabian news site as an example of the “strife” the social networking site is causing in the Islamic nation. Saudi preacher Ali al-Maliki has emerged as the leading critic of Facebook, claiming the network is corrupting the youth of the nation. “Facebook is a door to lust and young women and men are spending more on their mobile phones and the Internet than they are spending on food,” he said. “

I know we say we live in the lucky country but never is it more obvious than in circumstances like these.

Like the woman sentenced to death for naming a children’s teddy-bear Mohammed, these situations sicken and enrage the average person let-alone a woman as myself!

I have often thought, what can I do about it? I would love to travel over there and do something personally about it but I have realised that like our fore-mothers in the western world have done for our women’s rights, like the african-americans did for their equality, they have to take up this fight themself.

I could go over there and try and give them the courage and awareness even to do so but to carry it out they have to fully believe in it themself and right now it is obvious, as a collective they do not! Unfortunately, they are too entrenched in their own religion and culture to even be aware of their rights as a living creature let alone as a woman.

This may seem a little naive but I still think, that if we cared more, in this day and age, we would find a way to help them; our sisters.