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Jan. 18, 2021, 3:46 p.m.
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Variables: ABO-SCALE-1

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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).
Jan. 18, 2021, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ERBG-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. [ . . . ] Finally, changes to the Labor Law clarified that a 'worker' can be female as well as male and introduced a new protection against discrimination in employment on the basis of sex, disability, or age. This major advance should make it illegal for private employers to demand that potential female employees obtain approval of their male guardian to work (para 19 - 22).
Jan. 18, 2021, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In March, Saudi Arabia opened individual trials of prominent Saudi women before the Riyadh Criminal Court and dismissed all allegations that the women faced torture or ill-treatment in detention. Most of the women faced charges that were solely related to peaceful human rights work, including promoting women’s rights and calling for an end to Saudi Arabia’s discriminatory male guardianship system" (para 8).
Jan. 18, 2021, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"women’s rights activists remain detained, on trial, or silenced for their activism" (para 2). "In March, Saudi Arabia opened individual trials of prominent Saudi women before the Riyadh Criminal Court and dismissed all allegations that the women faced torture or ill-treatment in detention. Most of the women faced charges that were solely related to peaceful human rights work, including promoting women’s rights and calling for an end to Saudi Arabia’s discriminatory male guardianship system" (para 8). "Prosecutors also accused the women of sharing information about women’s rights in Saudi Arabia with journalists based in Saudi Arabia, diplomats, and international human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, deeming...more
Jan. 18, 2021, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ATFPA-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 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 children’s behalf" (para 19 - 21). "Men can still file cases against daughters, wives, or female relatives under their guardianship for “disobedience,” which can lead to forcible return to their male guardian’s home or imprisonment" (para 23).
Jan. 18, 2021, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: CLCW-LAW-2

"Amid the criticism, Saudi authorities announced landmark reforms for Saudi women that, if fully implemented, represent a significant step forward including allowing Saudi women to obtain passports and travel abroad without the approval of a male relative for the first time" (para 2). "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 changes to the Travel Documents Law permit “anyone holding Saudi nationality” to obtain a Saudi passport, allowing women over 21 to obtain their own passports without their male guardian’s permission for the first time. In mid-August, Saudi authorities announced further...more
Jan. 3, 2021, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-2

Saudi Arabia does not have conscription.
Dec. 31, 2020, 5:34 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"In Saudi Arabia female domestic servants, have been beheaded under accusation of Witchcraft and sorcery" (para 3).
Dec. 24, 2020, 10:02 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1, AFE-PRACTICE-1

"The recent media interest in MOOCs, massive open online courses, has shed some light on the situation of Saudi females seeking flexible and culturally acceptable working conditions" (para 8).
Dec. 24, 2020, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"The Council of Ministers has approved legislation that would allow Saudi women to vote and stand as candidates in upcoming municipal council elections" (para 1, 5).
Dec. 24, 2020, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: VOTE-LAW-1

"The Council of Ministers has approved legislation that would allow Saudi women to vote and stand as candidates in upcoming municipal council elections" (para 1, 5). "Women were not allowed to participate in the 2011 elections but Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques had ordered shortly before the polls that they should be allowed to do so from the 2015 elections onwards" (para 2).
Nov. 19, 2020, 1:28 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: AFE-SCALE-1

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Nov. 19, 2020, 1:28 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: GP-SCALE-2

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Nov. 19, 2020, 1:28 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

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Nov. 19, 2020, 1:28 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

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Nov. 19, 2020, 1:28 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: BR-SCALE-1

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Nov. 19, 2020, 1:28 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: MMR-SCALE-2

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Nov. 19, 2020, 1:28 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ISSA-SCALE-1

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Nov. 19, 2020, 1:28 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DV-SCALE-5

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Nov. 19, 2020, 1:28 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DV-SCALE-4

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Nov. 19, 2020, 1:28 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DV-SCALE-3

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Nov. 19, 2020, 1:28 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DV-SCALE-2

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Nov. 19, 2020, 1:28 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: AOM-SCALE-3

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Nov. 19, 2020, 1:28 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: AOM-SCALE-2

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Nov. 19, 2020, 1:28 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: AOM-SCALE-1

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