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

Comment: It's time Justin Trudeau met Saudi Arabia's abysmal human rights record with real action, and cancelled Canada's weapons sales, writes Jillian Kestler D'amours.

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.

Sudan must do more than ban FGM: rights group

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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.

As society opens, Saudi women surge into job market

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As society opens, Saudi women surge into job market

Despite Saudi Arabia's prevailing ultraconservatism, Saudi women have successfully made their mark in the kingdom's job market.

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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.

The New Arab

Saudi executes alleged Al-Qaeda operative who attacked festival

Saudi authorities have said Imad Abd al-Qawi al-Mansouri carried out the on-stage knife attack on the orders of an Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen.

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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

Anthony Harwood

Exclusive: Loujain al-Hathloul's sister speaks out after trial postponed

The trial of Loujain al-Hathloul has been postponed indefinitely by the coronavirus outbreak. Her sister, speaking exclusively to The New Arab, ...

Remembering the Middle East victims of gender-based violence

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.

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.

Backlash to Saudi rapper exposes kingdom's superficial gender reform

Alainna Liloia

Backlash to Saudi rapper exposes kingdom's superficial gender reform

Comment: As long as men preside over decisions on gender reform, women's rights in Saudi Arabia will never go beyond a PR move, writes Alainna ...

Saudi lesbian couple sought refuge in UK: report

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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.

Dakar Rally opens dark new chapter in Saudi sportswashing

Anthony Harwood

Dakar Rally opens dark new chapter in Saudi sportswashing

Comment: An 'open' Saudi Arabia has nothing to do with hosting sporting events, and everything to do with transparency and accountability, ...

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 ...

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Riyadh sentences Yemeni to death over Spanish theatre stabbing

The on-stage attack is the first of its kind in the kingdom, as the once-conservative society liberalises the entertainment industry and opens itself up for tourism.

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 ...

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.

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.

Saudi cleric claims music, singing allowed by Prophet Muhammad

The New Arab

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 ...

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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.

Saudi Arabia to abolish <em>male</em> <em>guardianship</em> for Umrah pilgrimage

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Saudi Arabia to abolish male guardianship for Umrah pilgrimage

A decision to abolish male guardianship during Umrah pilgrimage has been authorised by Saudi authorities.

Saudi crown prince denies knowledge of activist's torture

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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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