The Saudi women’s rights activists who remain behind bars

Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul was released from prison on Wednesday, but several others remain in detention. Over the past three years, Saudi Arabia has detained hundreds it sees as dissenters – including activists like Loujain al-Hathloul – but it has begun provisionally releasing some as it comes under pressure from the United States. The detentions […]

Saudi Arabia Releases Activist Who Fought For Women’s Right To Drive

BEIRUT, Lebanon — A Saudi activist best known for challenging the ban on women driving, Loujain al-Hathloul, was released Wednesday after the kingdom had jailed her for nearly three years on charges that Western governments and rights groups roundly dismissed as politically motivated. “Loujain is at home,” Ms. al-Hathloul’s sister Lina wrote on Twitter with […]

India’s spending on women’s safety ‘grossly inadequate’: Oxfam

Fund named after 23-year-old woman raped and killed in 2012 low on resources and under-utilised, report finds. Nearly a decade since the gang rape and murder of a student on a bus shocked India, state spending to combat violence against women and girls is “grossly inadequate”, Oxfam India said on Tuesday. Funds earmarked for setting […]

31 Guards Suspended at a Women’s Prison Plagued by Sexual Violence

For Trimeka Rollins’s daughter, who is 24 and transgender, New Jersey’s only women’s prison was supposed to be a haven. She had been shuffled from one men’s prison to another, facing abuse at both, her mother said, before finally being transferred in November to the state’s only lockup for women, Edna Mahan Correctional Facility. “We […]

Davos meeting: Firms warned not to slide on women’s equality

Business leaders, campaigners and politicians told Monday’s online meeting organised by the World Economic Forum that women risk losing hard-won gains at work because of pandemic fallout. Companies need female employees to help them bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic and must not let gender equality slip off their agenda due to the tough business […]

Saudi Activist Who Fought for Women’s Right to Drive Is Sentenced to Prison

Women in Saudi Arabia have been allowed to drive since the kingdom lifted the ban in June 2018, one of the historic social reforms inaugurated over the last few years by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman. Under the crown prince, the kingdom has encouraged women to work and loosened […]

Saudi court hands prison sentence to women’s right activist

Loujain al-Hathloul sentenced to five years and eight months in prison by a Saudi court. A Saudi terrorism court has sentenced prominent women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul to five years and eight months in prison, local media reported, despite international criticism of her detention and pressure to release her. State-linked Saudi news outlet Sabq reported […]

Afghan women’s rights activist, brother shot dead

Gunmen on motorbike kill 29-year-old Freshta Kohistani and her brother in Kohistan district of Kapisa province. Gunmen on a motorbike have shot dead a women’s rights activist and her brother north of Afghanistan’s capital, officials said, as a wave of assassinations ravages the violence-wracked country. “Unknown gunmen on motorbike assassinated Freshta Kohistani in Kohistan district […]