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Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Saudi Arabia may execute first female political activist
Human rights activists are campaigning to save the life of the first woman in Saudi Arabia to be sentenced to death over her political activism.  Israa al-Ghomgham, 29, was arrested along with her husband Moussa al-Hashem in December 2015 for their...
Monday, October 31, 2016
Documentary: Ladies First, Saudi Arabia’s Female Candidates
The New York Times’ Mona El-Naggar takes us inside the kingdom and introduces us to three proud and dynamic women, each determined to test the bounds of her society in different ways. The setting is a city council election in Riyadh, where in 2015...
Monday, October 10, 2016
Film screening: Ladies First: Saudi Arabia’s Female Candidates
We may think we know what it is like to be a woman in Saudi Arabia. Women must all cover up in public. Women cannot drive nor can they travel without the permission of a man. Women are restricted in work, and study, and social activities. But Saudi...
Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Saudi appoints first female commercial judge
The Administrative Appeals Court in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern province has reportedly appointed the first female arbitrator in a commercial case. Arab News reports that Shaimaa Sadeq Al-Jibran’s appointment came despite the objections of one of the...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
No Freedom to Travel. End Male Guardianship in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia’s male guardianship system remains the most significant impediment to women’s rights in the country despite limited reforms over the last decade. Adult women must obtain permission from a male guardian to travel abroad, marry, or be...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Human Rights Watch Analyzes Women's Decision-Making in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia’s male guardianship system remains the most significant impediment to women’s rights in the country despite limited reforms over the last decade, Human Rights Watch said in a report released last month. Adult women must obtain...
Monday, January 11, 2016
The Economist interviews a Saudi female councillor
The Economist's editor-in-chief, Zanny Minton Beddoes, speaks to Huda Al-Jeraisy, one of Saudi Arabia's newly elected female councillors, about her political goals and the position of women in Saudi life. For more information on the recent election...
Friday, January 08, 2016
Journalist Katherine Zoepf writes on the difficulties of being a woman in Saudi Arabia
The New Yorker has recently published a long article by journalist Katherine Zoepf, focused on the difficulties experienced by women in Saudi Arabia. From sexual abuses to education, the article depicts the daily difficulties that girls and women...
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Introducing Saudi Arabia’s first women candidates
For the first time in Saudi Arabia, a country known for neither its elections tradition nor women emancipation, the names of the first female candidates to present themselves in the municipal elections have been unveiled. More than 1,000 women have...
Monday, November 09, 2015
First women register to vote in Saudi Arabia
According to the Saudi Gazette, Safinaz Abu al-Shamat and Jamal al-Saadi made history by becoming the first Saudi women to register to vote. In a country where women are still not allowed to drive cars, the changes allowing them to vote and run for...
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
We count on your leadership to tackle the barriers that remain for Arab women says Executive Director at Beijing+20 regional review
 Cairo– At the Arab States high-level regional review meeting for Beijing+20, held in Cairo, Egypt from 2–3 February 2015, Member States assessed progress and challenges in implementing the 20-year-old Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action...
Monday, October 27, 2014
Beyond the Surface: The Saudi Women Political Question
By Hala Alwagdani, In the beginning of 2013, King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia announced in a royal decree the appointment of 30 Saudi females in the Saudi Consultative Council. This has been only one of the steps in King Abdullah’s...
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Maha Almuneef - Breaking stereotypes, reaching goals
Maha Almuneef, a 53-year-old mother of three living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is a Board-certified physician with a vision: ending violence against women. Maha, undeterred by the traditional image of a woman’s place in society, earned her medical...
Monday, August 19, 2013
Women use Twitter to raise issues, Saudi Arabia
Thousands of Saudi women have been using social media, especially Twitter, to air their views and campaign for their rights, a senior Saudi journalist said, adding that their tweets were instrumental in mobilizing public and official support for...
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Women fail to win votes in Makkah chamber elections, Saudi Arabia
Three Saudi women running as candidates for the Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (MCCI) board of directors only managed to garner a paltry four votes in the recently concluded elections.Amana Abdullah Zawavi, who fought in her second...
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Saudi female scientist raises hopes for women in politics
With a PhD in biotechnology from Britain's Cambridge University and a recurring presence on many of the world's most influential females lists, medical scientist Hayat Sindi is no stranger to breaking away from the typical Saudi female mould. In...
Monday, April 01, 2013
Dr. Lubna Al Ansari
Interview with Dr. Lubna Al Ansary, Member of Majlis Ash Shura of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the 128th session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly which took place March 22-27, 2013, in Quito, Ecuador. Dr. Al-Ansary is among the first...
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Saudi Arabia: Saudi Women Take Seats in Shura Council
Thirty Saudi women have taken seats in Saudi Arabia's Shura Council, for the first time in the conservative kingdom's history, as they were sworn in before King Abdullah at his palace in the capital, Riyadh. The women took their seats in the same...

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