Posts tagged "Saudi Arabia"
Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time

Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time

Women in Saudi Arabia registered to vote over the weekend, preparing to participate for the first time in local elections this December.
Women Who Protested Saudi Arabia's Driving Ban Remain in Prison

Women Who Protested Saudi Arabia’s Driving Ban Remain in Prison

Loujain al-Hathloul, 25, and Maysa al-Alamoudi, 33, were arrested while they were crossing into Saudi Arabia on November 30.
Two Imprisoned Women's Rights Activists in the Middle East Have Been Freed

Two Imprisoned Women’s Rights Activists in the Middle East Have Been Freed

Both women were arrested in October and served around 90 days in prison for non-violent crimes.
Saudi Women Demand End To Absolute Male Authority

Saudi Women Demand End To Absolute Male Authority

Activist Aziza Yousef told AFP news agency over the weekend that the activists are demanding "measures to protect women's rights," as well as the right for women to drive, ahead of International Women's Day on March 8.
First Female Lawyer in Saudi Arabia Opens Law Firm

First Female Lawyer in Saudi Arabia Opens Law Firm

Al-Zahran told Arab News that her law firm's objective will be to fight for Saudi women's rights and to get women's cases heard in court.
Take Action TODAY and Stand With Saudi Women for Freedom!

Take Action TODAY and Stand With Saudi Women for Freedom!

We’ve just learned that the Saudi Ministry of the Interior has issued a threatening warning to women planning to drive on Saturday despite the Kingdom’s de facto ban on women driving. The Ministry compared women driving openly in the streets to “disturbing the public peace and opening venues to sedition” and stated, that the women...
Women Only: Saudi Arabia Further Segregates Society

Women Only: Saudi Arabia Further Segregates Society

The fight for Saudi women’s rights has been well-documented in the press, especially the high-profile protests women’s rights activists launched on the heels of the Arab Spring in hopes to win the right to drive in the Kingdom, the only place in the world where women are legally not permitted to get behind the wheel. This observation...
Saudi Arabia Allows Women in Olympics, But Will Any Qualify?

Saudi Arabia Allows Women in Olympics, But Will Any Qualify?

For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, women from all competing countries will be offered an opportunity to take part in the international event. That's because the Saudi Arabia government announced yesterday, through its London embassy, that it will permit female athletes to join its team at the 2012 London Games,...
For Saudi Women, Voting Win Masks Driving Crackdown

For Saudi Women, Voting Win Masks Driving Crackdown

By Trish Calvarese, 9/26/2011 In a national TV address Sunday, Saudi King Abdullah declared an end to the de facto ban on women’s suffrage. Beginning in 2015, women will be able to vote and run in local elections. This seemingly good news, heralded by the AP as “a major advancement for the rights of women,” overshadowed...

Setback for Saudi Women’s Driving Rights

Despite gaining the right to vote in a recent speech delivered by King Abdullah, Saudi women are facing a setback in their struggle to achieve driving rights. The same day as the king’s announcement, the Authority of Prosecutors Committee brought Najla al-Hariri to the police department to question her about her involvement in a recent...
Starting the Engine: Saudi Women Drive for Their Rights

Starting the Engine: Saudi Women Drive for Their Rights

The spirit of the Arab Spring broke the steel gates of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today as one by one Saudi women started their engines, defying the country’s notorious ban on women driving, the only place  in the world where women are not permitted to drive. Today’s protest is the culmination of an online...