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April 7, 2021, 10:31 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"In 2020, 99% of births in Saudi Arabia were attended by skilled health personnele" (p 47).
April 7, 2021, 10:16 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DACH-DATA-1

"In 2016, the life expectancy at birth in Saudi Arabia was 73.5 years for males and 76.5 years for females" (p 46).
April 2, 2021, 9:47 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IM-DATA-1

"In 2018, the under-five mortality rate in Saudi Arabia was 7 per 1000 live births" (p 47).
March 31, 2021, 3:37 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: MMR-SCALE-1

"In 2017, the maternal mortality rate in Saudi Arabia was 17 per 100,000" (p 47).
March 31, 2021, 3:22 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: MMR-DATA-1

"In 2017, the maternal mortality rate in Saudi Arabia was 17 per 100,000" (p 47).
March 30, 2021, 7:40 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: MMR-DATA-1

"In 2020 the maternal mortality rate in Saudi Arabia was 17 per 100,000" (p 47).
March 24, 2021, 4:08 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: CLCW-PRACTICE-1, AFE-PRACTICE-1

"Under the guardianship system a male family member, normally the father, husband or brother, must grant permission for a woman's study, travel and other activities" (para 8).
March 24, 2021, 4:08 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"A Saudi man has been jailed for one year for calling for an end to the Muslim kingdom's guardianship system that gives men wide controls over women, local media said Tuesday" (para 1). "Saudi Arabia has some of the world's tightest restrictions on women, and is the only country where they are not allowed to drive. Under the guardianship system a male family member, normally the father, husband or brother, must grant permission for a woman's study, travel and other activities. Activists say that even female prisoners have to be received by the guardian upon their release, meaning that some have to languish in jail or a shelter beyond their...more
March 24, 2021, 4:08 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"A Saudi man has been jailed for one year for calling for an end to the Muslim kingdom's guardianship system that gives men wide controls over women, local media said Tuesday. The man, who was also fined 30,000 riyals ($8,000) by a court in the eastern city of Dammam, was convicted of 'inciting to end guardianship of women' in statements he posted on Twitter and in public posters, the Okaz daily said. He was arrested while putting up posters in mosques in Al-Hasa district calling for an end to the globally unique system that subjects women in the ultra-conservative kingdom to male control. During questioning, police found out that the...more
March 24, 2021, 4:08 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"A Saudi man has been jailed for one year for calling for an end to the Muslim kingdom's guardianship system that gives men wide controls over women, local media said Tuesday. The man, who was also fined 30,000 riyals ($8,000) by a court in the eastern city of Dammam, was convicted of 'inciting to end guardianship of women' in statements he posted on Twitter and in public posters, the Okaz daily said. He was arrested while putting up posters in mosques in Al-Hasa district calling for an end to the globally unique system that subjects women in the ultra-conservative kingdom to male control. During questioning, police found out that the...more
March 8, 2021, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Chad, Colombia, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, D R Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Zimbabwe
Variables: MULTIVAR-SCALE-1

4.0
March 1, 2021, 11:59 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Egypt, Kuwait, Libya, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-3

"'Considering the fact that they already have wives of their age, they will normally look for younger women. However, in some cases they search for women of their age,' she said, explaining that most of the Arabs who marry Bosnian women [in polygamous marriages] come from Saudi Arabia, Emirates, Kuwait, Egypt and Libya" (28).
Feb. 13, 2021, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

“In July, she posted a video on Twitter revealing that another Riyadh mall had stopped her from entering without an abaya” (para 18). “In response to her post, the mall tweeted that it would not permit entry to ‘violators of public morals’” (para 20).
Feb. 13, 2021, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

“In response to her post, the mall tweeted that it would not permit entry to ‘violators of public morals.’ A Saudi royal also condemned her on Twitter, calling her a publicity seeker and demanding that she be punished for the ‘provocative’ act” (para 20-21). “‘(Minaj) is going to shake her backside and all her songs are about sex... and then everyone tells me to wear the abaya,’ a young Saudi woman fumed in a recent online video that went viral” (para 27). “But the sentiment encapsulates the tussle between a mostly young population clamouring for greater freedoms and hardliners alarmed by the pace of reforms they see as un-Islamic” (para...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“The dress code was once fanatically enforced by the now-neutered religious police, and uncovered women still face random harassment in a conservative nation where attire is often associated with chastity” (para 16).
Feb. 13, 2021, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Some rebel women have started to shun the obligatory abaya when they leave the house in a bold push for social liberties by young Saudis” (para 1). “Last year Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hinted during an interview with CBS that the dress code may be relaxed, saying the robe was not mandatory in Islam” (para 3). “Jaloud is one of only a handful of women who have abandoned the abaya in recent month. But the trend underscores a bold push for social liberties by young Saudis that may outstrip the monarchy's capacity for change. Manahel al-Otaibi, a 25-year-old activist, has also foregone the garment. ‘For four months I have...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

“However [Jaloud] revealed that she has faced some hostility since ditching the abaya and at a supermarket in Riyadh a fully veiled woman threatened to call the police” (para 8). “The dress code was once fanatically enforced by the now-neutered religious police, and uncovered women still face random harassment in a conservative nation where attire is often associated with chastity” (para 16).
Feb. 13, 2021, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

“Prince Mohammed has sought to shake off his country's ultra-conservative image by allowing cinemas, mixed-gender concerts and greater freedoms for women, including the right to drive” (para 25).
Feb. 13, 2021, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RCDW-LAW-1

“Some rebel women have started to shun the obligatory abaya when they leave the house in a bold push for social liberties by young Saudis” (para 1). “The abaya, which has existed for thousands of years but only became obligatory in recent decades, is also mandatory for non-Muslim women in the kingdom” (para 15).
Feb. 13, 2021, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

“In July, she posted a video on Twitter revealing that another Riyadh mall had stopped her from entering without an abaya” (para 18). “Some women mounted a rare social media protest against the restriction, posting pictures of themselves wearing the figure-concealing garment inside out” (para 23).
Feb. 13, 2021, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RCDW-PRACTICE-1

“Some rebel women have started to shun the obligatory abaya when they leave the house in a bold push for social liberties by young Saudis. The billowy over-garment, usually all-black, is customary public wear for women in the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom, where it is widely seen as a symbol of piety” (para 1-2). “However [Jaloud] revealed that she has faced some hostility since ditching the abaya and at a supermarket in Riyadh a fully veiled woman threatened to call the police. Jaloud also said that although she is remaining defiant, she is still forced to wear an abaya and headscarf to work or risk losing her job” (para 8-9). “The...more
Feb. 2, 2021, 11:52 p.m.
Countries: Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"Polygamy is... legal in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and other neighboring countries" (para 7).
Jan. 19, 2021, 10:18 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

“Apple and Google are being accused of helping to 'enforce gender apartheid' in Saudi Arabia by offering an app on their platforms which allows men to track women and stop them leaving the country. Absher is available on both the Google Play and iTunes store and is an app developed by the Saudi government which allows men to specify when and how women can cross Saudi borders - and will even alert them if they do so. Absher's travel 'featured' have been identified by activists and refugees as a major factor in the continued difficulty women have leaving Saudi Arabia” (Para 1-3). “The app allows for guardians to [mandate and...more
Jan. 19, 2021, 10:18 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

“Yasmine Mohammed, ex-Muslim activist who campaigns and writes on women's rights said there was a tragedy in the way Apple and Google were facilitating 'archaic misogyny.' 'What irony. In the West, these technologies are used to improve lives and in Saudi Arabia they're used to enforce gender apartheid.' Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have expressed concern about the app which has been downloaded from the Google and Apple stores more than one million times. 'Apple and Google have rules against apps that facilitate threats and harassment. Apps like this one can facilitate human rights abuses, including discrimination against women,' Rothna Begum a Middle East researcher for Human Rights Watch...more
Jan. 18, 2021, 3:46 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burma/Myanmar, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Cote D'Ivoire, D R Congo, Djibouti, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad/Tobago, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Yemen, Zimbabwe
Variables: ABO-SCALE-1

3.0
Jan. 18, 2021, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: CLCC-LAW-1

"In late July, Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers promulgated landmark amendments to the three laws that will begin to dismantle the country’s discriminatory male guardianship system. [ . . . ] The reforms also included important advances for women on civil status issues, whereby a woman can now register her children’s births with the civil status office, which was previously restricted to fathers or paternal relatives, as well as inform the office of a death, marriage, or divorce. The changes allow women, along with their husbands, to be considered a “head of household” with respect to their children, which should improve Saudi women’s ability to conduct government business on their...more
Jan. 18, 2021, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-2

"Migrant domestic workers, predominantly women, faced a range of abuses including overwork, forced confinement, non-payment of wages, food deprivation, and psychological, physical, and sexual abuse for which there was little redress" (para 29).
Jan. 18, 2021, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-4, MARR-LAW-2

"Saudi Arabia has no written laws concerning sexual orientation or gender identity, but judges use principles of uncodified Islamic law to sanction people suspected of committing sexual relations outside marriage, including adultery, extramarital, and homosexual sex" (para 13).
Jan. 18, 2021, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"In late July, Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers promulgated landmark amendments to the three laws that will begin to dismantle the country’s discriminatory male guardianship system" (para 19).
Jan. 18, 2021, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"Women also continue to face discrimination in relation to marriage, family, divorce, and decisions relating to children (e.g. child custody)" (para 23).