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Saudi Women Drivers Referred To Terrorism Court

AP | AYA BATRAWY | Posted 12.25.2014 | World

AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two Saudi women detained for nearly a month in defiance of a ban on females driv...

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 12.07.2014 | 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...

Behind Closed Doors, Women Are Leading a Revolution in Saudi Arabia

Holly Williams | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Holly Williams

On a recent trip to Effat, while on assignment for CBS News, one civil engineering major told me that she and her classmates intend to "invade the workplace" when they graduate in June. "The future is open to them," the dean of graduate studies told me. "They think they can reach to the skies."

Saudi Arabia Considers Easing Ban On Women Driving

AP | ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI | Posted 11.10.2014 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — It's only for women over 30, who must be off the road by 8 p.m. and cannot wear makeup behind the wheel. But it's still ...

Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud: Continuing the Conversation About Breast Cancer Within Saudi Arabia

Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud

There are beacons of hope, drum beats starting in far corners of the world, people working to change the conversation and create awareness. Nowhere is this more apparent than my home, Saudi Arabia.

Saudi-Qatari Rivalry Spills onto the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 10.31.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Unable to persuade Qatari leaders to drop their support for the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups, Saudi Arabia appears determined to deprive its tiny neighbor of its regional soccer supremacy.

Saudi Arabia May Start Allowing School Sports For Girls

Reuters | Posted 06.09.2014 | World

By Angus McDowall RIYADH, April 9 (Reuters) - Saudi authorities have been asked to consider lifting a state school ban on sports for ...

Saudi Women Renew Fight For Right To Drive

AP | By AYA BATRAWY | Posted 05.27.2014 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In the six months since Saudi activists renewed calls to defy the kingdom's ban on female drivers, small numbers ...

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...

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 ...

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...

Saudi Clerics Protest Women Driving

AP | ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI | Posted 10.23.2013 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Around 150 clerics and religious scholars have rallied outside the Saudi king's palace, protesti...

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...

Saudi Doctor Says Driving Does Not Hurt Ovaries

AP | ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI | Posted 11.30.2013 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- A Saudi doctor has gone on-air to dismiss claims made by a well-known cleric who caused a stir when he said medical studies sh...

WATCH LIVE: Saudi Women Initiate A New Day Of Defiance

HuffPost Live | Posted 09.23.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

A new campaign urging Saudi Arabian women to hold a day of defiance against the country's driving ban is underway. At the time of press, an online pet...

WATCH: Quran Memorization Gets A Spunky Female Hero With "Wadjda" Film

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 08.14.2013 | Religion

Saudi's first feature film is groundbreaking on many levels, featuring the kingdom's first female director, Haifaa Al Mansour, and a female lead. It...

Saudi Arabia To Open First Women's Sports Center

AP | Posted 08.03.2013 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A Saudi newspaper says the first women's sports center in the kingdom has opened. Al Watan daily said Monday that the Ge...

Tweet About Harassing Saudi Working Women Ignites Controversy

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 05.30.2013 | World

A Saudi Arabian author who has drawn the ire of women's advocates for appearing to urge his large Twitter following to harass working women now says h...

Saudi Arabia to Allow Women Into Stadiums

James Dorsey | Posted 07.22.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Saudi Arabia, under domestic and international pressure to grant women sporting rights, is creating separate stadium sections so that female spectators and journalists can attend soccer matches in a country that has no public physical education or sporting facilities for women.

Saudi Women Edge Toward Equal Rights Reform

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

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.

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...

Standing up for Saudi Arabia's 'Prostitutes'

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.04.2013 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Last Sunday, history was made in Saudi Arabia when the recently sworn-in Shura Council, the country's consultative assembly, held its first session with 30 women appointees participating for the first time.