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Aug. 2, 2018, 10:03 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RCDW-PRACTICE-1

"Sheikh Abdullah al-Mutlaq, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars, said women should dress modestly, but this did not have to mean wearing the abaya.Saudi women are currently required to wear the garment by law" (para 2-3).
Aug. 2, 2018, 10:03 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

Sheikh Mutlaq's intervention has generated intense reaction online, with people expressing both support and opposition.'The abaya is a matter of tradition in one of our regions and has become applicable to all. It is not an issue of religion,' wrote Twitter user Mashari Ghamdi. 'Even if one hundred fatwas have been issued, I swear to God I will never leave my abaya. Over my dead body. Girls, do not listen to the fatwas…'wrote twitter user @Kooshe90 (para 7-9).
Aug. 2, 2018, 10:03 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RCDW-LAW-1

"Sheikh Abdullah al-Mutlaq, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars, said women should dress modestly, but this did not have to mean wearing the abaya.Saudi women are currently required to wear the garment by law" (para 2-3). "Women who do not wear the abaya in places where they may be seen by men who are not related to them face being chastised by the religious police" (para 10).
Aug. 2, 2018, 10:03 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Sheikh Mutlaq's intervention follows earlier moves to modernise Saudi society, part of a social reform plan spearheaded by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has pledged to transform the country with the government's Vision 2030 programme.It is aimed at giving more freedom to Saudi women, who face strict gender segregation rules, and follows the historic lifting of a driving ban in September 2017. In the same month, women were allowed to participate in Saudi Arabia's National Day celebrations for the first time. Last month women were permitted to watch football live in stadiums in some cities" (para 13-15).
Aug. 2, 2018, 10:03 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Sheikh Mutlaq's intervention has generated intense reaction online, with people expressing both support and opposition.'The abaya is a matter of tradition in one of our regions and has become applicable to all. It is not an issue of religion,' wrote Twitter user Mashari Ghamdi. 'Even if one hundred fatwas have been issued, I swear to God I will never leave my abaya. Over my dead body. Girls, do not listen to the fatwas…'wrote twitter user @Kooshe90" (para 7-9). "Sheikh Mutlaq's intervention follows earlier moves to modernise Saudi society, part of a social reform plan spearheaded by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has pledged to transform the country...more
July 30, 2018, 9:38 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Cases of rapes are not discussed openly and women and girls fear they will be judged by society should they report rape. Only rarely are rape cases brought to public and Government attention. While comprehensive data on rape cases is lacking, health professionals I talked to – often the first to be in contact with victims of rape – acknowledged that it is an emerging issue that would warrant more attention” (13).
July 2, 2018, 12:06 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"At least seven activists accused by the ultra-conservative kingdom of working for 'foreign entities' are believed to still be locked up after the recent arrests of 11 campaigners" (2). "He also lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, allowed mixed-gender concerts, and clipped the powers of the long-feared religious police" (11). "In 2016, she delivered a petition signed by thousands to the royal court calling for an end to guardianship laws that give male relatives final say over a woman's ability to marry or travel abroad" (35).
July 2, 2018, 12:06 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"Saudi Arabia is preparing to outlaw sexual harassment while it continues to detain women's rights activists...The sexual harassment draft law, passed on Tuesday, comes less than a month before Saudi Arabia lifts its decades-long ban on women driving. The conservative Islamic kingdom would introduce a prison term of up to five years and a fine of 300,000 riyals (£60,300) under new laws approved by its cabinet. The measure was drawn up by the Shura Council, which advises cabinet, and now just needs approval from the royal family to become law" (1, 3-5).
July 2, 2018, 12:06 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-LAW-1

"The sexual harassment draft law, passed on Tuesday, comes less than a month before Saudi Arabia lifts its decades-long ban on women driving" (3). "In 2016, she delivered a petition signed by thousands to the royal court calling for an end to guardianship laws that give male relatives final say over a woman's ability to marry or travel abroad" (35).
June 5, 2018, 8:34 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1, IIP-LAW-1

"Saudi Arabia recently opened its first cinema, is going to allow women to drive and held the first cycling competition in which women participated. To develop its performing arts sector, the kingdom invited Abdel Baqi, the founder of Masrah Masr theater troupe, to work in the country. Performances by Masrah Masr (Egypt Theater) were broadcast on the Saudi MBC TV network" (Para 2).
June 5, 2018, 8:34 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Saudi Arabia has sought the help of Egyptian artist Ashraf Abdel Baqi to establish a mixed-gender Saudi theater troupe in the framework of the kingdom's social policy of becoming less sringent. Saudi Arabia recently opened its first cinema, is going to allow women to drive and held the first cycling competition in which women participated. To develop its performing arts sector, the kingdom invited Abdel Baqi, the founder of Masrah Masr theater troupe, to work in the country. Performances by Masrah Masr (Egypt Theater) were broadcast on the Saudi MBC TV network, Abdel Baqi’s efforts to build the Masrah al-Saudia (Saudi Theater) yielded their first results when a cast of...more
June 5, 2018, 8:34 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Saudi Arabia has sought the help of Egyptian artist Ashraf Abdel Baqi to establish a mixed-gender Saudi theater troupe in the framework of the kingdom's social policy of becoming less stringent" (Para 1).
May 1, 2018, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

"In Egypt, around 40% of the population marry a cousin; the last survey in Jordan, admittedly way back in 1992, found that 32% were married to a first cousin; a further 17.3% were married to more distant relatives. Rates are thought to be even higher in tribal countries such as Iraq and the Gulf states of Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Kuwait" (para 3). "A small survey in Saudi Arabia found that participants were 50% less likely to view marrying a cousin positively when warned of the problems. 'We wouldn’t have married if we had known,' says Ahmed" (para 7).
March 13, 2018, 8:04 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2

"Prince Mohammed is widely seen as the chief architect behind Saudi Arabia's 'Vision 2030' reform programme, which seeks to elevate the percentage of women in the work force from 22 percent to nearly one-third" (para 8).
March 13, 2018, 8:04 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-LAW-1

"His father, King Salman, in September approved the end of a decades-long ban on driving, which goes into effect in June" (para 6).
March 13, 2018, 8:04 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Divorced mothers in Saudi Arabia have won the right to retain custody of their children in the kingdom's latest 'liberal' reform" (para 1). "His father, King Salman, in September approved the end of a decades-long ban on driving, which goes into effect in June" (para 6).
March 13, 2018, 8:04 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: CUST-LAW-1

"Divorced mothers in Saudi Arabia have won the right to retain custody of their children in the kingdom's latest 'liberal' reform...The latest move has seen a relaxing of strict rules that heavily favour male guardianship in the event of divorce. In the past, Saudi women were forced to launch lengthy court battles to win custody after a marriage breakdown. But the Saudi Justice Ministry has now told courts that, provided there is no dispute between parents, a mother is only required to apply for custodianship. But while the move also allows mothers to keep their offsprings' passports, the court memo stops short of giving women the ability to leave the...more
March 13, 2018, 8:04 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: CLCW-PRACTICE-1, CLCW-LAW-2, AFE-PRACTICE-1

"Under Saudi Arabia's guardianship system, women are required to present proof of permission from a male 'guardian' - normally the husband, father or brother - to do any government paperwork, travel or enrol in classes" (para 11).
March 13, 2018, 8:04 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"In February, it emerged that women in Saudi Arabia were now allowed to open their own businesses without the consent of a husband or male relative" (para 9).
March 13, 2018, 8:04 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"Prince Mohammed is widely seen as the chief architect behind Saudi Arabia's 'Vision 2030' reform programme, which seeks to elevate the percentage of women in the work force from 22 percent to nearly one-third" (para 8). "Saudi Arabia is pushing to expand the country's private sector, including an expansion of female employment under a reform plan for a post-oil era. While women still face a host of restrictions in the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom, Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor's office this month said it would begin recruiting women investigators for the first time. The kingdom has also opened 140 positions for women at airports and border crossings, a historic first that the...more
March 9, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ERBG-LAW-1

"Law of Municipal Councils promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/61 of 4/10/1435 A.H. (1/8/2014), which entitles women to vote and to be elected to municipal councils on a par with men" (21). "Regarding the provision of special protection to working women during pregnancy, the Labour Law, article 149, prohibits the employment of women in dangerous jobs, harmful industries and activities harmful to health or liable to expose women to specific hazards. Article 151 of the same law prohibits women from working for six weeks after they give birth" (40). "The Labour Law, article 122...prohibits the employment of women in hazardous jobs or hamful industries" (40). "Minister of Labour Decision No....more
March 9, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: PW-LAW-1

“The Islamic Sharia permits polygamy according to specific rules, which address certain social problems, such as widowhood, spinsterhood, etc. Under the Islamic Sharia, fairness is a basic requirement that must be met in order to permit multiple wives” (50).
March 9, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LDS-LAW-1

"Under the regulations, an employer may not assign a domestic worker to perform work that is not agreed in the contract or that endangers the worker's health or harms his/her dignity; nor may the worker be assigned to work for a third party. The regulations require the employer to: pay the worker the agreed wage at the end of each month without delay, with written documentation of the worker's receipt of the monthly wage; provide appropriate housing for the domestic worker; provide a daily rest and weekly break for the worker as agreed by the two parties; provide paid sick leave in the event of an illness; provide paid leave...more
March 9, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: WR-LAW-1

"If her husband dies, the law grants her leave for the Iddah (legally prescribed waiting period during which a woman may not remarry after being widowed) of four months and 10 days from the date of death" (39).
March 9, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: AFE-LAW-1

"Saudi laws guarantee all citizens the right to a free education without discrimination" (35).
March 9, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The relevant authorities are currently studying the establishment of the minimum age for the marriage of girls and boys. Article 16 (3) of the implementing regulation of the Child Protection Law states, 'Before concluding a marriage contract, it is necessary to acetain that the marriage of a persion under the age of 18 does not harm the persion and will achieve the best interest of the persion, whether the persion is a male or female'" (50).
March 9, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

"Numerous legislative and non-legislative measures have been taken to empower women and strengthen protection of women's rights, particularly the following…Minister of Labour Decision No. 2370/1 of 18/19/1431 A.H. (28/8/2010) stipulating the 'prohibition of wage discrimination between male and female workers for work of equal value'" (21-22). "The laws of the Kingdom guarentee the right to work without discrimination" (37). "Regarding equal opportunity, hiring criteria, wage equality and social security, article 1 of the Civil Service Law, which regulates labour in the public sector, states, 'Ability shall be the basis for the selection of employees to hold public positions'. All male and female public-sector employees are subject to the same laws...more
March 9, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: VOTE-LAW-1

"Law of Municipal Councils promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/61 of 4/10/1435 A.H. (1/8/2014), which entitles women to vote" (21). "All Saudi citizens, both male and female, are entitled to participate in public and political life in the Kingdom through participation in decision-making, voting and standing for elections" (32). "There are no legal provisions prohibiting women from exercising the right to vote. There are no legal provisions prohibiting women from exercising the right to vote or stand for elected office. The Municipal Elections Law, which the Committee mentions in paragraph 16 of its list of issues and questions with regard to the consideration of periodic reports, establishes the equal right...more
March 9, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: GP-DATA-2

"Saudi laws provide Saudi women with opportunities to represent the government at the regional and international levels through their work in Saudi embassies, consulates and missions and through their participation in Saudi delegations to regional and international conferences, forums and machineries. Many women who are qualified to work in Saudi embassies and representations abroad have joined the Diplomatic Corps. Eighty-one Saudi women held diplomatic posts in 2014 compared to none in 2008. There were 108 female employees enrolled in advanced studies programmes and training programmes in 2014 compared to 34 in 2008. Saudi women have been appointed to international posts in an unprecedented manner. For example, a Saudi woman held...more
March 9, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

“Cabinet Decision No. 129 of 12/5/1425 A.H. (30/6/2004), which provides for: (1) Government agencies that license engagement in economic activity to receive the applications of women to obtain the necessary licenses to engage in economic activities…(3) Allocation and preparation by the relevant agencies of land or areas within cities and for the construction of industrial enterprises that employee women. (4) Formation by the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry of a women’s committee comprising persons with expertise and competence” (11-12). "Royal Order No. A/121 of 2/7/1432 A.H. (4/6/2011). This order covers programmes, procedures and directives designed to open up employment opportunities for Saudi women in the industrial, economic...more