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Saudi Government Arrests Slew of Prominent Saudi Feminist Activists

HeadlineMay 21, 2018

The Saudi government has arrested at least six of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent feminist activists, including women who have been campaigning for decades for the right to drive. Their arrest comes only weeks before the Saudi government is finally slated to lift the ban on women driving. The feminists have now been organizing against Saudi Arabia’s guardianship system, under which women need the permission of a male guardian to do almost everything. After their arrest, a Saudi government spokesperson accused the women of seeking to “destabilize the kingdom and breach its social structure and mar the national consistency.”

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