Tag: Women’s Rights

Elevation of Mohammed bin Salman may not Affect State of Saudi Human Rights

Elevation of Mohammed bin Salman may not Affect State of Saudi Human Rights

With the elevation of 31-year-old Mohammed bin Salman to the position of Crown Prince – the youngest Crown Prince Saudi Arabia has ever had – there has come a sense of optimism about the future of the kingdom’s socio-economic state. There is hope among activists and the general public that […]

Saudi Girls Can Attend Gym Class, but Guardianship Still Lurks

Saudi Girls Can Attend Gym Class, but Guardianship Still Lurks

On Tuesday 11 July, the Saudi Ministry of Education (MoE) announced that schools will provide physical education classes to girls for the first time in the kingdom’s history. This development marks a rare, if slight loosening of the restrictions placed on women in one of the world’s most restrictive societies. […]

Mohammed bin Salman, the War in Yemen, and Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia

Mohammed bin Salman, the War in Yemen, and Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia

On Wednesday 21 June, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz elevated his son, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to Crown Prince, demoting Mohammed bin Nayef and leaving him out of the line of royal succession. Bin Salman’s ascendance to Crown Prince marks a radical reordering of the power dynamics […]

Manal al-Sharif and the Struggle of WHRDs in Saudi

Manal al-Sharif and the Struggle of WHRDs in Saudi

On June 8, Saudi women’s rights activist Manal al Sharif gave an interview with NPR and the next day she wrote an op-ed for the New York Times. In both pieces, she discusses how women cannot drive in the kingdom, the guardianship system that underpins such restrictions, and her activism […]