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Comment: The Saudi leadership understands the need to play the image game, selling tokenistic women's rights reforms while arresting hundreds of dissidents, writes Bachar Halabi.

The ultra-conservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced plans to open sports stadium to women for the first time, in the latest reform push.

Saudi Twitter rallies to help find 'missing abused woman'

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Saudi Twitter rallies to help find 'missing abused woman'

Videos have emerged of a Saudi woman pleading with authorities to provide protection from her abusive family, in the latest viral case highlighting human rights violations against women in KSA.

Is sex halal? Saudi Twitter debates viral 'pickup' video

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Is sex halal? Saudi Twitter debates viral 'pickup' video

Saudis have flocked to social media to debate a call for a "sexual revolution" in the ultra-conservative kingdom, where adulterers can be ...

Saudi activist helps women flee oppressive 'kingdom of fear'

The New Arab

Saudi activist helps women flee oppressive 'kingdom of fear'

A Saudi activist has dedicated his life to helping Saudi women flee the ultraconservative kingdom and seek refuge in Western countries.

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Saudi Arabia cancels Egyptian singer Sherine's charity concert

Saudi Arabia's entertainment authority says it has cancelled plans for a concert featuring famous Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel Wahab.

Amal Awad

Workplace sexual abuse: Address the problem, not the symptoms

Comment: For many women, the issue of abuse in the workplace strengthens the argument they require special treatment and protection, rather than ...

The New Arab

Women singers return to Saudi TV after decades-long ban

Saudi Arabia brings back female singers to state-run television after a ban that lasted over 30 years, in its latest step towards attempting to ...

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia steers toward anti-harassment laws, fatwa rights

After a royal decree allowing women to drive in the conservative kingdom, Saudi Arabia now steers toward tackling sexual harassment and allowing ...

Saudi #Women2Drive campaigner vows to return and drive

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Saudi #Women2Drive campaigner vows to return and drive

Manal al-Sharif, a leading Saudi activist who steered the Women2Drive campaign, has vowed to return home to be the first woman to legally obtain ...

Dr. Tamara Kharroub

Right to drive is meaningless until male guardianship ends

Comment: Without serious political reforms and real change in the law, the decision to let Saudi women drive is merely decorative and for ...

Riyadh lifts the driving ban: 'carwashing' royal Saudi abuse?

Shams Al-Shakarchi

Riyadh lifts the driving ban: 'carwashing' royal Saudi abuse?

While the advance in women's social liberalisation in Saudi Arabia should be celebrated, commentators have contextualised the move as a cynical ...

Women's driving: Saudi Prince Mohammed's litmus test

James M. Dorsey

Women's driving: Saudi Prince Mohammed's litmus test

Comment: Women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive, but the male guardianship that subjects women to the will of their ...

Saudi women need permission from <em>male</em> 'guardians' to drive

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Saudi women need permission from male 'guardians' to drive

Saudi women will have to obtain permission from a male guardian to get ahold of a driving licence, the Saudi ambassador to Washington ...

Five things Saudi women still can't do

The New Arab

Five things Saudi women still can't do

Despite Saudi Arabia announcing a ban on women driving will be lifted next year, there are still many other restrictions that impede their daily ...

The New Arab

Saudi hardliners furious over 'raucous, mixed-gender' national day celebrations

Saudi hardliners have condemned raucous celebrations on the kingdom's national day on Saturday, which saw women being allowed to enter the capital's main stadium for the first time.

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi women enter history books in 'first stadium visit'

Women in Saudi Arabia were finally allowed to enter a sports stadium on Saturday, to mark the conservative nation's 87th national day.

The New Arab

Saudi cleric suspended for calling women 'quarter brained'

A Saudi cleric who said women should not be allowed to drive because they have a "quarter" of the brainpower of men has been banned from ...

Amal Awad

Arab women are driving their own change

Comment: The most significant changes occurring in the Arab world for women are being driven by women, writes Amal Awad.

A (relatively) good week for Middle East women's rights

Shams Al-Shakarchi

A (relatively) good week for Middle East women's rights

The struggle for women's rights in the Middle East is by no means over, but the passionate and dedicated fight for equality and protection is ...

The New Arab

Saudi woman fighting male-guardianship laws released in 'feminist victory'

Saudi women are celebrating a significant milestone in the campaign to end male guardianship as a rights activist was freed ...

Saudi authorities arrest miniskirt-wearing Snapchat model

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi authorities arrest miniskirt-wearing Snapchat model

Saudi authorities have arrested woman who was photographed wearing a miniskirt and crop top through a historic site over the weekend.

Saudi woman defies driving ban, saving man's life

The New Arab

Saudi woman defies driving ban, saving man's life

A Saudi student has been hailed for her heroics after she ignored the country's ban on women driving, and drove an incapacitated bus driver to ...

Saudi 'Shura council' debates granting women driving licenses

The New Arab

Saudi 'Shura council' debates granting women driving licenses

Saudi Arabia's Shura council is expected to debate on Tuesday a motion to allow Saudi women to obtain driving licences.

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