The success of any lasting movement formed from these protests will rely on us using our skills and investing time in helping to create systems to ensure the accountability of both migrant sending and receiving governments.
A vast majority of Saudis favor women having the right to fully engage in sports in a country that has no official facilities for female athletes or physical education programs for girls in schools, according to a Saudi sociology researcher.
Western governments claiming the moral high ground could speak up for Saudi women reformers and their defenders, and strive to endorse lasting women's rights legislation based on civil society principles
Soccer is emerging as a focal point of dissent in Saudi Arabia, an oil-rich kingdom that despite banning demonstrations by law is struggling to fend off the waves of change sweeping the Middle East and North Africa.
The Arab Spring uprisings have pushed back reforms of gender discriminatory laws in the region. It would be ironic if the course of women's rights in one of the most repressive Muslim countries flowed against this trend.
The images of two strong, courageous young Saudi women athletes will forever exist as part of Saudi history. If you listen to the voices of the women interviewed herein, you can hear that a bell of hope and expectation has been rung.
With just 33 days to go until the Olympic Games begin in London, Saudi Arabia has finally capitulated. It agreed to allow its women to compete and the London Olympics will thus be the first Olympics where a woman will feature on every team.
Saudi Arabia is building its first stadium especially designed to allow women who are currently barred from attending soccer matches because of the kingdom's strict public gender segregation to watch games.
The future of the Saudi rulers, who represent the most prestigious institution of power in the Muslim lands, is unpredictable. The "unity" of the opposed King and new Crown Prince could turn into open conflict.