June 29, 2011

Women activists campaigning for their rights in Saudi Arabia isn't something unheard of. In 1990, several women in Riyadh drove their cars, protesting against the driving ban for women in the conservative kingdom. Almost 17 years later, Wajeha al-Huwaider (Co-founder of the Association for the Protection and Defense of Women's Rights in Saudi Arabia) wrote to King Abdullah asking for women to be allowed to drive on International Women's Day. Fast-forward to 2011; Women's rights activist, Manal al-Sharif, uploaded a YouTube video of herself driving a car in the streets of al-Khobar and was jailed for 9 days. All three incidents garnered considerable media attention; yet, Sharif's campaign not only saw ... Read more...

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