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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...

No Joking Matter: Souad Al-Shammary and Saudi Clergy

Elham Manea | Posted 12.12.2014 | 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 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."

Activists Expand Labor and Human Rights Campaign Beyond Qatar to Include All Gulf States

James Dorsey | Posted 11.24.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Human rights groups and trade unions have stepped up pressure on Qatar to reform its restrictive labour system and expanded their campaign to include all six wealthy members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Volleyball Federation Sanctions Iran in New Assertiveness on Women's Sporting Rights

James Dorsey | Posted 11.11.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has warned Iran that it would be stripped of its right to host the 2015 Under-19 men's world volleyball championship if it bans women from attending matches.

Women's Sporting Rights Put Saudi Arabia and Iran on the Defensive

James Dorsey | Posted 12.12.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

The struggle for women's rights to engage in sports and attend sporting events has commanded increased attention due to recent events.

Want to Destroy ISIS? Deny Weapons to Saudi Arabia Until Their Women Can Vote and Drive

H. A. Goodman | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

I detest religious extremism, but what I detest equally is funding this plague and pretending the billions in weapons we give to Islamic fundamentalists isn't the primary reason that ISIS and other terrorist groups exist.

Islamic State: Ideological Challenge to Saudi Arabia

James Dorsey | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
James Dorsey

If the threat to Israel and Jordan is primarily security, to Saudi Arabia it is also ideological, with IS tracing its roots to the philosophy of the 18th-century warrior-jurist Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahhab and other Islamic sources on which the kingdom was built, and constituting a reference point that Salafists cannot ignore.

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 Efforts to Professionalize Soccer Marred by Politics

James Dorsey | Posted 10.11.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

Efforts to professionalize soccer in Saudi Arabia in advance of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are marred by efforts to maintain political control of the game, a lack of transparency and accountability, and disputes between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Female Anchor Appears Without Headscarf On Saudi TV, Ignites Outrage

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 08.06.2014 | Women

A female anchor ignited a controversy when she appeared without a headscarf during a national news broadcast on a Saudi government-run channel. A clip...

Politics, Political Interference, and Mismanagement Hamper Middle Eastern Soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 08.16.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

Millions across the Middle East and North Africa will cheer Algeria, the only Arab squad to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, when it meets Belgium this week in its first tournament match.

Despite Regional Differences, Women Across the Globe Face Same Career Advancement Challenges

Dr. Bernice Ledbetter | Posted 07.27.2014 | Women
Dr. Bernice Ledbetter

Women make up half the workforce in nearly every developed country around the world; however, when you look at the levels of senior female leaders the...

Saudi Soccer Debates Broadens Over Women's Rights and nationalism

James Dorsey | Posted 04.12.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

Saudi Arabia, in which the beautiful game was legalized only in the 1950s, has long had an ambiguous relationship to the sport. The revived debate about women's rights and nationalism expands discussion in recent days about the role of soccer.

Dear World, Let's Give Saudi Women Some Credit

Laila Alawa | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Laila Alawa

If we are truly looking to help the women in Saudi, it is integral to no longer engage in the far more comfortable monologue that we've had so many times. Instead, let's begin to engage in dialogue -- that is, dialogue that comes with the go-ahead of the Saudi women.

Women Grant Forgiveness, Men Give Permission

Iram Ganju | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Iram Ganju

Santosh Kalwar said, 'a strong gives forgiveness but weak gives permission.' My advice to the men who uphold traditional misogynistic practices that were created by and for them is to seek to be advisors, not grantors of permission. Therein lays your power.

Survey: Majority of Saudis Favor Women's Right to Play Sports

James Dorsey | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
James Dorsey

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.

Saudi Women Kick Off Driving Protest

AP | Posted 10.26.2013 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Activists have posted a video of a woman in Saudi Arabia driving a car, as their campaign urging...

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...

King Abdullah: Let The Women Drive

Leilani Münter | Posted 12.24.2013 | World
Leilani Münter

Such is the case for all the women living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. But things are starting to change. On October 26, brave women across Saudi Arabia will defy the ban on driving and take the wheel.

WATCH: Brave Saudi Woman Gets Thumbs Up For Defying Driving Ban

Posted 10.16.2013 | Good News

Gearing up for a nation-wide protest on October 26, Saudi Arabian women have begun filming themselves driving -- a simple act of rebellion against the...

Saudi Women Drivers: Threat to State Religion and Politics

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 12.15.2013 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

For many women who want the driving ban lifted, the issue is a push toward wider reforms, supported by an increasing number of men. However, there are underlying religious and political potholes.

When Driving Affects Ovaries: A Call to Regulate Fatwas

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

It did not take long for those recent statements, which suggested that driving might negatively affect women's ovaries, for Saudi Shaikh Saleh Bin Saad al-Luhaydan to become the focus of news headlines around the world.