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The brutal murder of a Jordanian woman by her father has put domestic violence under the spotlight.

Saudi Arabia still has strict laws restricting women's freedoms.

Saudi postpones reforms forcing husbands to disclose multiple wives

The New Arab Staff

Saudi postpones reforms forcing husbands to disclose multiple wives

Saudi Arabia's Shura Council ignored a recommendation aimed at ensuring Saudi women are aware if their husband has multiple wives or is already married.

Women can't marry without male guardian's permission: Saudi Council

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Women can't marry without male guardian's permission: Saudi Council

Saudi Arabia's Shura Council rejects proposal by female member that would allow women to marry without the permission of a male guardian

Sudan's fight against FGM has only just begun

Alessandra Bajec

Sudan's fight against FGM has only just begun

Sudan's decision to outlaw female genital mutilation is a small step on the long road to achieving gender equality.

The New Arab

Sudan must do more than ban FGM: rights group

Sudan must dismantle 'deeply misogynistic' laws to address discrimination against women, regional rights group SIHA has said.

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Amnesty complains to Premier League about MbS Newcastle bid

The Human rights group has expressed grave concerns over Saudi Arabia's potential purchase of Newcastle, given the country's history.

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Saudi women expose sexual harassers on Twitter

Women in Saudi Arabia are posting sexual harassment testimonies on Twitter under pseudonyms in 'brave move,' HRW says

Gaia Caramazza

Remembering the Middle East victims of gender-based violence

#IWD2020: From Saudi Arabia to Palestine, women in the Middle East are fighting against gender-based violence and sexual harassment.

Jordan overturns labour code that discriminates against working women

Nazli Tarzi

Jordan overturns labour code that discriminates against working women

#IWD2020: On International Women's Day, Jordanian activists celebrate the adoption of a law eliminating labour discrimination against women.

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Saudi lesbian couple sought refuge in UK: report

A German broadcaster interviewed the couple on Valentine's Day, with a video charting their love story.

The New Arab's 10 biggest stories of 2019

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The New Arab's 10 biggest stories of 2019

A revolution in Sudan. A new Turkish offensive in Syria. A controversial citizenship amendment in India. These are The New Arab's top 10 stories ...

Jordan's women don't see the end of male <em>guardianship</em>

Alessandra Bajec

Jordan's women don't see the end of male guardianship

Dozens of women in Jordan face attempted murders, death threats and physical abuse at the hands of their own families, under the logic of an ...

Saudi Arabia ends gender segregation requirement in restaurants

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi Arabia ends gender segregation requirement in restaurants

Despite a spate of recent women's rights reforms, Saudi Arabia continues its crackdown on activists and critics.

Middle East women killed, blinded, imprisoned and kidnapped

Mel Plant

Middle East women killed, blinded, imprisoned and kidnapped

Women continue to face extreme violence throughout the region, whether from former partners or while protesting on the streets.

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Saudi cleric claims music, singing allowed by Prophet Muhammad

Saudi Sheikh Adil Al-Kalbani shared prophetic sayings during a television interview that showed singing was commonplace during the Prophet's time.

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Saudi women have more rights than Westerners, says princess

Gender pay gap? Saudi women can't relate, says Princess Lamia al-Saud.

The New Arab & agencies

Gunmen raid Libya's cafes to curtail social freedoms

Activists say recent raids on public businesses in Tripoli by armed groups show that militias still operate with impunity in Libya's capital.

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Saudi crown prince denies knowledge of activist's torture

The family of jailed activist Loujain al-Hathloul has accused Saudi Arabia of torturing her in prison.

UN experts urge release of Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul

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UN experts urge release of Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul

Loujain al-Hathloul, a prominent activist for Saudi women's right to drive, was swept up in a crackdown on dissenters in May last year.

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Saudi guardianship reforms ‘a charade’, says HRW

Recent loosening of guardianship laws does not guarantee Saudi women can freely travel abroad, HRW warned, lambasting the ...

Relaxing travel restrictions a 'bittersweet victory' for Saudi women

Sophia Akram

Relaxing travel restrictions a 'bittersweet victory' for Saudi women

Despite Saudi reforms on women's rights, much of the kingdom's draconian gender-based laws remain intact, writes Sophia Akram.

What reform? The perils of Saudi 'public decency' law

Hakim Charles Khatib

What reform? The perils of Saudi 'public decency' law

Saudi Arabia's recent public decency law lays bare the limitations of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's "liberalising reforms", writes Hakim ...

The catch with Riyadh relaxing male <em>guardianship</em> <em>laws</em>

Karim Traboulsi

The catch with Riyadh relaxing male guardianship laws

Comment: Any progress on women's rights will be a concession, not a royal gift conferred upon subjects, forced to answer with deference and ...

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