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Uber provides free lifts to women voting first time in Saudi Arabia

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New Delhi: Uber, the online taxi service is offering free rides to women in Saudi Arabia as the nation sees the women voting first time in the elections.

Saudi Arabia, a conservative Islamic country has allowed women to vote and contest elections the first time in their history. Uber, in a bid to help the women participation in the ongoing election, decided to provide free lifts for all the women who are going to vote.

The women are also not allowed to drive in the nation or talk to a man.

This is a joint effort between US-based Uber and Al-Nahda Philanthropic Society for Women, a Saudi women’s empowerment group.

The campaign is a part of Nahda’s wider struggle for gender equality and rights for women in the country.

Saudi Arabia is the last country to allow women to vote except for the Vatican City now. This is a first step in the long struggle of the gender equality.

Almost 1000 candidates for the elections are women which prove that they were just waiting for the opportunity.  This initiative is a way to tell women that there will be a help if they needed it.

However, a number of women said that they wouldn’t use Uber rather they would go polling booths with their family members.

This election which are a milestone step for the women in the history of Saudi Arabia and the Middle east can be an even bigger thing if somehow any women candidate manages to win.

More women voices are likely to be heard if they get representation in the decision making through the electoral process.

Uber and Nahda are hoping that their initiative encourages more women to participate in this elections.

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Men Initiate Sex 3 Times More Often Than Women, Says Study

The longer the relationship had lasted, the less often the couples had sex

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Every couple must try to spend quality time together to improve communication. Pixabay

Men initiate sex more than three times as often as women do in a long-term, heterosexual relationship, says a study.

The researchers investigated what are the other factors which play a role for the frequency of intercourse in couples in long-term relationships.

The study, published in the journal Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, suggests that two factors are decisive in how often women take the initiative at all — their attitude towards casual sex and passion.

The researchers considered several factors in their study such as how happy people are in their relationship, how committed they feel to their partner, how intimate they are, how much they trust each other and the love between them.

“Passion in the relationship is of great importance for intercourse frequency,” said the study’s first author Trond Viggo Grontvedt from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

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“Passion is actually the only one of these factors that matter. We didn’t find any association between any of the other aspects and how often people have sex in couple relationships,” he added.

The study included 92 couples aged between 19 and 30. Relationships varied in length from one month to nine years, with an average of just under two years. The couples had sex two to three times a week on an average.

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The longer the relationship had lasted, the less often the couples had sex.

The study also revealed that desire for others reduces passion. “Strong sexual fantasies about others than the partner don’t mix well with passion in a relationship,” said Mons Bendixen, Associate Professor at NTNU. (IANS)