Saudi Arabia

جدلية حقوق المرأة من أقدم الأمور المتشابكة التي كتب ودوّن بالوثائق عنها المؤرخون والحقوقيون وعلماء الاجتماع وغيرهم، إلاّ أنها ظلت الجانب الخاسر في المعركة لأن طبيعة توارث ثقافة الرؤية الدونية لها جعلها في نطاق وظيفتها البيولوجية في المتعة والإنجاب وعمل السخرة

Saudi Arabia has been accused of behaving like Big Brother after introducing technology that alerts male "guardians" by text whenever women under their guardianship leave the country.

 قالت ناشطة سعودية إنها رفعت دعوى قضائية الاثنين ضد وزارة الداخلية ممثلة بالادارة العامة للمرور، تطالب فيها بالغاء القرار الاداري القاضي بمنع المراة من حق الحصول على رخصة قيادة السيارة.

أنجز مجلس الشورى السعودي التصور النهائي لشكل المشاركة النسائية المتوقعة في أعماله، والتي تنطلق بانطلاقة الدورة السادسة بعد نحو 70 يوما.

The cleric who heads the Saudi morality police said he is taking steps to rein in the force, the latest move by authorities aimed at improving the position of women in Saudi society amid a public outcry in social media.Sheik Abdulatif al-Sheikh, appointed by King Abdullah in January to head the religious police, told The Wall Street Journal that he plans to distribute guidelines to all members of his force making clear that they don't have the power to arrest or interrogate Saudi citizens, or to attend trials.

Saudi Arabia is planning to establish a work-zone to be staffed exclusively by women. With women facing many barriers to joining the country's workforce, experts wonder if the zones will only reinforce segregation.

Women make up more than 60 percent of high school graduates in Saudi Arabia, but represent just 15 percent of the country's workforce. Many of them go abroad to earn an advanced degree, only to return home unable to find a job.

On 9 May 2012, Manal al-Sharif was awarded the Havel Prize for Creative Dissent at the Oslo Freedom Forum in Norway. This came shortly after al-Sharif was honored as one of TIME’s100 Most Influential People in the World at a Gala in New York City. Such events have given rise to a pattern: just as numerous pictures and videos of activists attending various conferences and receiving numerous awards surface, waves of criticism pour in. Their motives are viewed with suspicion, worthiness is questioned, and a movement’s progress is reassessed.

Women Living Under Muslim Laws, the Violence is not our Culture Campaign, and Justice for Iran are pleased to announce the release of a new publication: Mapping Stoning in Muslim Contexts. This report locates where the punishment of stoning is still in practice, either through judicial (codified as law) or extrajudicial (outside the law) methods.   

As the world prepares for the 2012 Olympics, the Saudi government is systematically discriminating against women in sports and physical education, and has never sent a female athlete to the Olympics, with no penalty from the international Olympic authorities, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Human Rights Watch called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to make ending discrimination against women in sports in the kingdom a condition for Saudi Arabia’s participation in Olympic sporting events, including the 2012 London Games.

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