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Saudi Arabia Women Defy Driving Ban

July 15, 2012


In this Friday, June 17, 2011 file image made from video released by, a Saudi Arabian woman drives a car as part of a campaign to defy Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/, File) It’s a Saudi sit-in. Except these women aren’t occupying King Abdullah Street… they’re sitting […]

Five Saudi women detained for driving (Saudi Arabia)

June 29, 2012


SSource: Emirates 24/7 A Saudi activist says at least five women have been taken into custody accused of defying the men-only driving rule in the ultraconservative Arab kingdom. The detentions mark the first major backlash by Saudi authorities since a campaign was launched nearly two weeks ago to challenge the driving restrictions. Dozens of women […]

Sheik Abdul Mohsen Al Obeikan, Saudi King’s Ultraconservative Adviser, Dismissed Over Women Rights Issue

May 12, 2012


RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has dismissed a controversial ultraconservative adviser after he publicly criticized reforms aimed at easing restrictions on women, the kingdom’s state media reports. Sheik Abdul-Mohsen al-Obeikan had told a local radio station that officials were working to Westernize and secularize the country’s laws by “legalizing taboos.” “This situation […]

Saudi woman driver to be lashed 10 times (Saudia Arabia)

September 28, 2011


Source:Emirates 24/7 Another woman was arrested in the capital for driving Published Wednesday, September 28, 2011 A Saudi woman was sentenced to 10 lashes for defying a ban on women driving in the conservative kingdom, an activist said on Tuesday, while another woman was arrested in the capital. Sheima Jastaniah was sentenced on Monday by a […]

Saudi ‘Suffragettes’ Stifled by Religion and Politics

June 22, 2011


Saudi Arabian women ushered in a wave of new suffragettes when over 50 women risked arrest last Friday in defiance of the driving ban. Even riding a bicycle is forbidden to women in Saudi Arabia. In 2008, the governing Shura Council recommended women be allowed to drive but no law to that effect has been […]

Saudi wife disguised as a young man arrested (Saudi Arabia)

December 14, 2010


Source: Emirates 24/7 A Saudi woman stole from her husband and fled her house to live with men for two months, disguised as an Emirati young man who had run away from his family before she was seized by police, a local daily reported on Tuesday. The unnamed woman, in her 30s, cut short her […]