iOS app Android app

Saudi Arabia Womens Rights

Saudi Historian: U.S. Women Drive Because They Don't Care If They're Raped

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 02.10.2015 | World

A Saudi Arabian historian trying to justify the nation's ban on female drivers says women who drive in other countries such as the United States don't...

Saudis and Satire?

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

What all of those victims of the Saudi criminal justice system have in common is that their offenses related strictly to intellectual activities and not physical violence. What all of them have in common is that none of them was writing satire.

No Joking Matter: Souad Al-Shammary and Saudi Clergy

Elham Manea | Posted 02.11.2015 | World
Elham Manea

She made a joke about a beard and the medieval clergy went berserk; apparently they do not have a sense of humor.

Saudi Women Hope For Greater Rights In 2015

OZY | Emily Cadei | Posted 12.11.2014 | World

By EMILY CADEI -- OZY Saudi Arabian women’s headline-grabbing 2011 driving protests were a seminal moment for women’s rights in this ultraconse...

Two Saudi Women Are Being Detained For Defying The Country's Driving Ban, Relatives Say

AP | AYA BATRAWY | Posted 02.06.2015 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two Saudi women detained nearly a week ago for violating the kingdom's female driving ban were ordered held for 2...

Top Saudi Cleric Scolds Women For Going To Doctor Alone

Agence France Presse | | Posted 04.15.2014 | World

Saudi Arabia has imposed a total ban on advertisements for energy drinks and prohibited their sale in educational and sports facilities and government...

Saudi Student Dies When Staff Block Male Paramedics From Women's-Only Campus

AP | By ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI and AYA BATRAWY | Posted 04.09.2014 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Thousands of Saudis vented their anger online over a report Thursday that staff at a Riyadh university had barred male p...

College Student's Song Will Make You Stand In Unity With Saudi Arabian Woman

Posted 10.28.2013 | Good News

Rotana Tarabzouni has a big voice, and she's using it to protest Saudi Arabia's ban on women drivers. Last week, in preparation for the October 26 ...

WATCH: 'No Woman, No Drive' Satire Goes Viral

HuffPost Live | Posted 10.28.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Dozens of women staged a day-long protest against Saudi Arabia’s ban on female driving on Saturday, which led to several women posting videos of...

WATCH: 60 Saudi Women Get Behind The Wheel To Protest Driving Ban

AP | ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI and AYA BATRAWY | Posted 10.26.2013 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — More than 60 women across Saudi Arabia claimed they drove cars Saturday in defiance of a ban kee...

Saudi Women Struggle On The Path To Equal Rights

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

Saudi women reformers plan to flout a ban on driving Saturday. Here is a look at some of the milestones and roadblocks for women's rights in the ultra...

Saudi Arabia Threatens Supporters Of Women Drivers

AP | ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi officials stepped up warnings on Friday over plans by women to challenge the male-only dri...

Behind The Wheel, Saudi Women Hope For New Gains

AP | AYA BATRAWY | Posted 10.24.2013 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It's been a little more than two years since the last time women in Saudi Arabia c...

Putting Women in the Driver's Seat... Literally

Lynsi Freitag | Posted 10.24.2013 | World
Lynsi Freitag

When I think back at the child I was when I earned my own driver's license and the pride I felt of being able to drive to school, the store or just around the neighborhood, it makes the injustice of the adults, mothers, and professionals in Saudi Arabia who are refused a license all the more insufferable.

Saudi King's Female Advisors Challenge Driving Ban

Reuters | Angus McDowall | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - Women members of Saudi Arabia's influential Shoura Council which advises King Abdullah have propos...

Saudis Fined For Allowing Women To Drive

Reuters | Posted 11.25.2013 | World

DUBAI, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Saudi traffic police have fined several car owners after six women were found defying the kingdom's male-only driving rul...

Wadjda: A Girl Who Changes the World on Her Bicycle

Dr Eylem Atakav | Posted 10.23.2013 | Entertainment
Dr Eylem Atakav

The first ever feature film entirely shot in Saudi Arabia, where there are no cinemas and public spaces are segregated according to gender, is written and directed by a woman, Haifaa Al Mansour.

Good News For Girls' Rights In Saudi Arabia

AP | ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI and AYA BATRAWY | Posted 07.04.2013 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabian girls will be allowed to play sports in private schools for the first time, according to a decision announced on...

Saudi Women Now Allowed To Bike In Public

AP | ABDULLAH SHIHRI | Posted 04.01.2013 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- A Saudi newspaper says the kingdom's religious police are now allowing women to ride motorbikes and bicycles but only in restr...

Good News For Saudi Women

AP | ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI | Posted 03.13.2013 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia's king granted women seats on the country's top advisory council for the first time on Friday, giving them a...

Saudia Arabia Building Women-Only City (UPDATED)

Posted 08.15.2012 | World

UPDATE on 8/15/2012 at 3:20 pm ET: Al Arabiya English reported on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia is not building a women-only industrial city. Contra...

A Leap Forward for Saudi Arabia

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 10.02.2012 | Sports
Qanta Ahmed, MD

London 2012 marks the first time that female athletes from Saudi Arabia have been allowed by the Kingdom to compete in the Olympic Games.

Will Saudi Arabia Finally Send Women To Olympics?

AP | STEPHEN WILSON | Posted 07.05.2012 | Sports

LONDON -- IOC President Jacques Rogge cannot guarantee "100 percent" that female athletes from Saudi Arabia will compete at the London Olympics, altho...

Saudi Women Take The Wheel

Sasha von Oldershausen | Posted 06.18.2012 | World

It’s a Saudi sit-in. Except these women aren’t occupying King Abdullah Street... they’re sitting in their cars. Women all over Saudi Arabia a...

Where Driving Is a Crime and Speaking About It Leads to Death Threats

Pedro Pizano | Posted 08.06.2012 | World
Pedro Pizano

Looking over the long list of women's rights abuses still prevalent in the world today, the prohibition against women driving seems unimportant. Yet, this simple freedom speaks volumes about the state of women's rights in Saudi Arabia.