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For The First Time, Saudi Women Stand Guard In Mecca During Haj

For The First Time, Saudi Women Stand Guard In Mecca During Haj

Inspired by her late father’s career, Mona decided to join the military and the first group of Saudi women soldiers to work in Islam’s holiest sites, where they are helping secure the haj annual pilgrimage. Since April, dozens of female soldiers have become part of the security services that monitor pilgrims in Mecca and Medina, […]

Saudi Arabia Releases Two Women Activists says Rights Group

Saudi Arabia Releases Two Women Activists says Rights Group

 Saudi Arabia has released two women’s rights activists detained nearly three years ago after they had served their time, London-based Saudi rights group ALQST said on Sunday. Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sadah were detained in July 2018, along with more than a dozen other activists, on suspicion of harming Saudi interests, a move that drew […]

Saudi Court Jails Women’s Rights Activist, Posing Challenge For Biden

Saudi Court Jails Women’s Rights Activist, Posing Challenge For Biden

A Saudi court on Monday sentenced prominent women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul to nearly six years in prison, her family said, after her conviction in a trial that has drawn international condemnation. The verdict and sentence pose a challenge to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s relationship with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, who has criticised Riyadh’s […]

Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians

Saudi Plans To Repatriate Over 11,000 Nigerians

Saudi Arabia has identified about 11,600 Nigerians reportedly stranded in the country, many due to the coronavirus disease, and is making plans to airlift them back home, an official has said. The Nigerian embassy official, who is privy to the development but asked not to be named as he was not authorised to speak to […]

Saudi Women Use Social Media To Recount Harassment

Saudi Women Use Social Media To Recount Harassment

Hundreds of women in Saudi Arabia are taking to social media to share their experiences of sexual harassment in a rare exploration of a taboo topic in the ultra-conservative kingdom. Using the hashtag “Why_I_didn’t_report_it”, women and some men are recounting abuse endured at home or in public which they did not report to authorities fearing […]

World ‘Woefully’ Underestimating Female Genital Mutilation, Study Finds

World ‘Woefully’ Underestimating Female Genital Mutilation, Study Finds

Female genital mutilation affects far more countries than previously thought, meaning global estimates for the number of women who have been cut are “woefully” low, researchers said on Tuesday. FGM is traditionally associated with a swathe of African countries, but the study highlights growing evidence that the ritual is also practised in other regions including […]

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. […]

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