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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.

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

Saudi cleric suspended for calling women 'quarter brained'

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 preaching.

Arab women are driving their own change

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 from detention without a guardian to bail her out.

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.

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 ...

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.

Saudi Twitter breaks after woman 'sexually harasses elderly man'

The New Arab

Saudi Twitter breaks after woman 'sexually harasses elderly man'

Reports that a woman in her 30s was arrested in a hospital for "harassing" an elderly man have gone viral, setting social media alight with ...

Diana Alghoul

Saudi laws oppressing women must be abolished, not relaxed

The Saudi move to relax male guardianship laws that restricted women's movements is commendable, but it is only a small step ...

UN absurdly appoints Saudi Arabia on women’s rights panel

The New Arab

UN absurdly appoints Saudi Arabia on women’s rights panel

Saudi Arabia, where women are not allowed to drive cars, has been elected to the UN women's rights commission, sparking anger from a UN watchdog.

Saudi Arabia celebrates first-ever Women's Day

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia celebrates first-ever Women's Day

The conservative kingdom holds a three-day convention where driving bans, male guardianship and female education go up for ...

These Saudi women are challenging the conservative status quo

The New Arab

These Saudi women are challenging the conservative status quo

A Saudi music video has challenged the kingdom's conservative establishment by speaking up for equal women's rights and an end to the ...

Eight times Saudi women smashed the status-quo in 2016

Shams Al-Shakarchi

Eight times Saudi women smashed the status-quo in 2016

Known as being highly-conservative, Saudi Arabia – the only country to ban women from driving – still has some way to achieve equal rights, but ...

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi jailed for calls to end male guardianship

A Saudi man has been jailed for one year for calling for reforms to the guardianship system over women.

The New Arab

Saudi woman gets death threats... for wearing a dress

A Saudi woman received death threats and had to deactivate her social media account for merely walking the streets of Riyadh in a dress, not an ...

The New Arab

Saudi women take to Twitter to challenge male guardianship

As Saudi Arabia sets its eyes on a transformative vision for the future, women from the kingdom are demanding that their rights are not left ...

Al-Araby al-Jadeed & agencies

Hundreds of Saudi women run for election

Saudi Arabian women are running for election for first time on Dec. 12, but their enfranchisement marks only a tiny step towards gender ...

Syrian women are stuck in a vale of tears

Khatib Badla

Syrian women are stuck in a vale of tears

Comment: Syrian women who lacked rights under the Assad regime, face new forms of torture and humiliation in areas controlled by IS and other ...

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