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More Saudi women defy driving ban despite cleric’s warning that it would damage their ovaries

Saudi women are increasingly getting behind the wheel in defiance of a driving ban ahead of a nationwide campaign planned by female activists for later this month, witnesses said. A video posted on social networks this week shows a fully veiled woman driving in Riyadh as male motorists and families…

Saudi Arabian women call new day of defiance against driving ban

Saudi women activists have called for a new day of defiance next month of the long-standing ban on women driving in the ultra-conservative kingdom. An online petition entitled “Oct 26th, driving for women” had on Sunday gathered more than 5,800 signatories, as activists try again to push authorities to end…

Saudi authorities order shops to erect sex-segregation walls

Saudi authorities have ordered shops employing both men and women to build separation walls to enforce the strict segregation laws of the ultra-conservative kingdom, local press reported Monday. The order that was issued by labour minister Adel Faqih also had the stamp of Abdullatif al-Sheikh, the head of the Commission…

Saudi Arabia rules out sending women athletes to London

The head of the Saudi Olympic Committee has ruled out sending women athletes from the ultra-conservative kingdom to the London Olympics this summer, local dailies reported on Thursday. Prince Nawaf bin Faisal said, however, that Saudi women taking part on their own are free to do so and the kingdom’s Olympic authority would “only help in ensuring…

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