Women in Saudi Arabia exercise their right to drive

DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - On June 24, when Saudi women are allowed to drive for the first time, Amira Abdulgader wants to be sitting at the wheel, the one in control, giving a ride to her mother beside her. "Sitting behind the wheel (means) that you are the one controlling

Godmother of women’s rights released from prison; many other activists still detained in Saudi

By Middle East Affairs Dr. Aisha al-Manea, one of Saudi Arabia's earliest feminist was released a week after being arrested for her outspoken candor about women's rights and driving released Amnesty International. The Middle East Director for Amnesty International Samah Hadid said, “The Saudi Arabian authorities’ endless harassment of women’s rights defenders is entirely unjustifiable." Just weeks

Arrests and death threats for women activists in Saudi Arabia

By Middle East Affairs Women's rights activists and champions of Saudi Arabia's upcoming law that grants women the right to vote have been arrested and threatened with death for daring to speak out about heading behind the wheel. Manal al-Sharif, an activist who filmed a video of herself driving in 2011, was then jailed,