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Work

Saudi Arabia Just Executed A Maid For Murdering Her Employer 'In Self-Defense'

Human rights groups say that Indonesian domestic worker Tuti Tursilawati was trying to protect herself from sexual assault.
Sirin Kale
11.1.18
women's rights

In Saudi Arabia, Winning the Right to Drive Is Bittersweet

Women's driving rights are long overdue in the KSA, but as the activists who successfully fought for them are detained, it's hard for women's rights advocates to celebrate.
Leila Ettachfini
6.23.18
Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Accused of Giving a Female Robot More Rights Than Women

After Saudi Arabia became the first country in the world to grant a robot citizenship this week, critics were quick to point out that Saudi women are still denied basic rights and dignities under the country's notorious guardianship system.
Leila Ettachfini
10.27.17
Saudi Arabia

Saudi Women Describe How It Feels to Finally Win the Right to Drive

In the aftermath of Saudi Arabia's historic announcement that women will be allowed to drive starting next year, Broadly spoke to three Saudi women about the long-awaited victory.
Leila Ettachfini
9.27.17
mental health

When Mental Illness Is Mistaken for Demonic Possession

When Nadia was 18, her parents took her to a Muslim faith healer who claimed to be able to exorcize her depression.
Emily Korstanje
12.19.16
activism

Saudi Prince Pleads His Country to End 'Unjust' Ban on Women Driving

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has called for an urgent end to the nation’s ban on female driving—the only one of its type in the world. An expert explains why Saudi women might not be driving anytime soon.
Sirin Kale
11.30.16
women's rights

The Saudi Women Fighting Their Country's Sexist 'Guardian' System

Under Saudi Arabia's guardianship system, women are required to have a man sign off on their decisions to travel, work, and even get some medical procedures. We spoke to an activist trying to change that.
Leila Ettachfini
9.30.16
politics

'Silence Is Killing but We Are Steadfast': Saudi Activist Arrested for Tweeting

One of Saudi Arabia's most prominent female activists, Samar Badawi, was arrested and released on bail today. Human rights experts worry that this is part of a worrying trend of silencing campaigners in the Kingdom.
Mari Shibata
1.13.16
politics

For the First Time, Saudi Women Go to the Polls and Run For Office

As Saudi women prepare to participate in their first elections, we speak to the female candidate and first-time voters about the groundbreaking event.
Mari Shibata
12.11.15
Photos

Saudi Women Alone, Photographed

While Saudi Arabia remains one of the most repressive places in the world to be female, Wasma Mansour captures the tentative freedoms of those who live abroad.
Hani Richter
9.23.15