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Saudi Arabia has hosted its first international marathon in the capital Riyadh but only allowed men to participate in the competition.

Saudi Arabia has removed the "house of obedience" article in the marriage law which forces a wife to return to the marital home against her will.

Saudi women to start own businesses without <em>male</em> permission

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Saudi women to start own businesses without male permission

Saudi authorities announced a further loosening of its stringent guardianship regulations that will see women entrepreneurs able to open their own businesses without a male guardian's permission.

Saudi prosecutors to hire women investigators

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Saudi prosecutors to hire women investigators

The kingdom's public prosecutor has announced new roles for women in its workforce for the first time, as Riyadh's Vision 2030 takes aim at ...

Saudi cleric issues clarification on abaya ruling after backlash

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Saudi cleric issues clarification on abaya ruling after backlash

A Saudi cleric has come under fire on social media over a ruling that women do not have to wear the loose-fitting abaya robe, prompting a ...

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Saudi uproar after 11-year-old girl filmed in 'scandalous' dance

Video: A girl wearing a traditional wedding costume and full make-up has caused uproar in Saudi Arabia after being filmed dancing in a mixed-sex festival in Jizan.

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Saudis up in arms after couple filmed holding hands

A video of a newly-wed couple walking along the promenade of the Saudi city of Jeddah has stirred up a storm of controversy on social media.

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Lindsay Lohan to shoot movie in Saudi Arabia

Reformed Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan is set to star in a movie shot in Saudi Arabia, which aims to capitalise on social and gender reforms ...

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Saudi dentist bars women visiting without a male guardian

A Saudi dentist, who remains unidentified, urged female patients to "prevent embarrassment" by only visiting with their guardian - causing a ...

Saudi stadiums to open doors to women on Friday

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Saudi stadiums to open doors to women on Friday

Saudi Arabia has long barred women from sports arenas, due to strict laws on gender segregation.

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Saudi Arabia shuts down resort over 'wild' mixed-gender concert

Saudi authorities have ordered the closure of a beach resort and temporarily halted cultural events following criticism of a controversial ...

Lebanese singer dazzles Riyadh in first women-only concert

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Lebanese singer dazzles Riyadh in first women-only concert

Hiba Tawaji, who rose to fame on France's version of The Voice, performed to a packed audience at the cavernous King Fahd Cultural Centre.

#SheDefends: Honouring the Middle Eastern women fighting for change

Shams Al-Shakarchi

#SheDefends: Honouring the Middle Eastern women fighting for change

There is a long way to go to achieve gender equality in the Middle East, but progress - and sacrifice - has been made by brave women human ...

Riyadh's token reforms provide political cover for creeping authoritarianism

Bachar Halabi

Riyadh's token reforms provide political cover for creeping authoritarianism

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

Stadiums open to Saudi women for first time

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Stadiums open to Saudi women for first time

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

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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.

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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 ...

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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.

Workplace sexual abuse: Address the problem, not the symptoms

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 ...

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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 ...

Saudi Arabia steers toward anti-harassment laws, fatwa rights

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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 ...

Right to drive is meaningless until <em>male</em> <em>guardianship</em> ends

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 ...

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