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Saudi women directors bring empowerment message to Venice

6 September 2019, 2:25 PM

Female Saudi Arabian directors Haifaa Al-Mansour and Shahad Ameen brought a message to the Venice Film Festival along with their movies: Women must be seen and heard.

Saudi women activists back in court

3 April 2019, 2:33 PM

Nearly a dozen prominent Saudi women activists returned to court on Wednesday to face charges related to their human rights work and contacts with foreign journalists and diplomats, in a case that has intensified Western criticism of a key Mideast ally.

Saudi women gear up for new freedom as driving ban ends

23 June 2018, 5:19 PM

Women will hit the roads in Saudi Arabia on Sunday with the lifting of the world’s last ban on female drivers, long seen as an emblem of women’s repression in the conservative kingdom.

Rebellious fashion: Saudi women embrace sports abayas

18 April 2018, 6:34 AM

Colourful and oozing defiance, a sports-friendly version of the abaya gown was once considered a symbol of cultural rebellion in conservative Saudi Arabia, but it is fast becoming the new normal.

Saudi women celebrate Women’s Day with a jog in Jeddah

8 March 2018, 9:23 PM

Paying no heed to bemused onlookers, a group of women in the Saudi city of Jeddah marked International Women’s Day on Thursday by exercising one of their newly acquired freedoms: the right to go for a jog. Saudi women have had a momentous year as the young, reform-minded Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman lifted a […]

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Saudi Arabia lifts travel restrictions on women, grants them greater control

2 August 2019, 11:15 AM

Saudi Arabia has allowed adult women to travel without permission and granted them more control over family matters, further eroding a heavily criticized male guardianship system at a time of heightened scrutiny over its human rights record.

Nicki Minaj cancels Saudi concert over women’s rights concerns

9 July 2019, 9:34 PM

Nicki Minaj has canceled a performance in Saudi Arabia in a show of support for women’s and gay rights in the ultra-conservative kingdom, the US rapper said Tuesday.

Saudi defends app allowing men to monitor women relatives

18 February 2019, 8:13 AM

Saudi Arabia on Saturday defended a mobile app that allows men in the kingdom to track female relatives after rights groups and a US lawmaker criticised tech giants for offering it.

Saudi Arabia overturns ban on women driving

24 June 2018, 10:30 AM

Saudi Arabian women celebrated being able to drive for the first time in decades on Sunday, as the kingdom overturned the world’s only ban on female motorists, a historic reform expected to usher in a new era of social mobility.

Saudi Arabia gears up to end women driving ban

22 June 2018, 5:40 AM

Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive from Sunday, ending the world’s only ban on female motorists, a historic reform marred by what rights groups call an expanding crackdown on activists.

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