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Saudi Arabia Leads In Women’s Legal Gains At Work -World Bank

Saudi Arabia Leads In Women’s Legal Gains At Work -World Bank

Women’s rights at work have improved globally since 2017, the World Bank said on Tuesday, with 40 countries introducing rules such as longer paid maternity leave and protection from violence on the job. Saudi Arabia made the biggest improvement globally, enacting reforms that affected women’s mobility, sexual harassment and retirement age, it said, although the […]

Saudi Arabia Ends Gender-Segregated Entrances For Restaurants

Saudi Arabia Ends Gender-Segregated Entrances For Restaurants

Restaurants in Saudi Arabia will no longer need to maintain entrances segregated by sex, the authorities said on Sunday, further eroding some of the world’s strictest social rules as sweeping reforms take hold. Previously, Saudi Arabia required all restaurants to have one entrance for families and women, and another for men on their own. The […]

Saudi Arabia Allows Foreign Men And Women To Share Hotel Rooms

Saudi Arabia Allows Foreign Men And Women To Share Hotel Rooms

Saudi Arabia is allowing foreign men and women to rent hotel rooms together without proving they are related after the conservative Muslim kingdom launched a new tourist visa regime to attract holidaymakers. Women, including Saudis, are also permitted to rent hotel rooms by themselves, in a break with previous regulations. The moves appear to pave […]

Saudi Women Exercise Their ‘Right To Fly”

Saudi Women Exercise Their ‘Right To Fly”

The latest changes mean women over 21 can now get a passport and go abroad and without permission Saudi Arabia’s international airports are the scene of the latest “first” for women citizens, who can now leave the country without permission from a male relative as the kingdom chips away at its heavily criticised guardianship system. […]

Saudi Arabia Lifts Travel Restrictions On Women

Saudi Arabia Lifts Travel Restrictions On Women

For the first time, women also have the right to register childbirth, marriage or divorce and to be issued official family documents and be eligible as a guardian to children who are minors. Saudi Arabia has allowed adult women to travel without permission and granted them more control over family matters, further eroding a heavily […]

Saudi Arabia Frees Four More Women On Trial Over Rights Issues

Saudi Arabia Frees Four More Women On Trial Over Rights Issues

The campaigners, including London-based Saudi rights group ALQST, identified the released detainees as Hatoon al Fassi, Amal al Harbi, Maysaa al Manea and Abeer Namnakani Saudi authorities have temporarily freed at least four more women facing trial over charges related to human rights work and contacts with foreign journalists and diplomats, other rights campaigners said […]

Saudi Sisters Hope For Bright Future After Hiding In Hong Kong

Saudi Sisters Hope For Bright Future After Hiding In Hong Kong

The sisters say they were treated harshly, at times beaten, by their brothers and father Two Saudi Arabian sisters are hoping for a “bright, beautiful future” after being granted asylum, fleeing what they describe as an abusive family and a repressive society. The sisters fled from their family last September while on holiday in Sri […]

Saudi Women’s Rights Activist Loujain Alhathloul Gets Detained For Speaking For Women

Saudi Women’s Rights Activist Loujain Alhathloul Gets Detained For Speaking For Women

In the article, Walid Alhathloul writes that during a recent visit by his parents to see Loujain she told them she was regularly whipped, beaten, electrocuted and sexually harassed in a basement she called the “palace of terror.” Alhathloul was arrested in May 2018, along with 10 other women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia. Her family, […]

Qatar To Leave OPEC As Politics Rupture Cartel

Qatar To Leave OPEC As Politics Rupture Cartel

Qatar said it will leave OPEC next month, a rare example of the toxic politics of the Middle East rupturing a group that had held together for decades through war and sanctions.  Qatar, a member since 1961, is leaving to focus on its liquefied natural gas production, Energy Minister Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi told a news […]

Saudi Money, Khashoggi, The Downturn Of Investments

Saudi Money, Khashoggi, The Downturn Of Investments

The murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi last month has soured the world’s politicians on the once-feted Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Private capital turned against him long before that.  Ever since dozens of royals and business chiefs were detained in November 2017 as part of a declared crackdown on corruption, a growing number of […]

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