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June 17, 2019, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-2

"Babies born out of wedlock are abandoned on the streets in Saudi Arabia as women fear retribution and punishment for having a child outside of marriage, campaigners have warned" (para 1)."Abortion is illegal in the Middle Eastern country unless a woman’s health is at risk and sexual relations outside of marriage are criminalised – with unmarried women faced with prosecution and even jail if they are found to be pregnant" (para 2). "She said sometimes people place infants outside of mosques, orphanages or hospitals due to not being able to hand them in themselves due to fear of other people asking about where the baby came from. But she said...more
June 17, 2019, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"'Families often blame the girl if her father or brother raped her,' said Ms Almayouf. 'It would be her own fault. The woman gets the blame most of the time. If you are raped they look for the reason you got raped. But it is taboo to talk about rape'" (para 9). "The guardianship system makes it almost impossible for victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse to seek justice or protection because the police often insist that women and girls obtain their guardian’s authorisation to file complaints even if the complaint concerns the guardian" (para 16).
June 17, 2019, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DSFMF-LAW-1

"Women in the country find themselves in prison for having sex outside of marriage, she added. 'If you are pregnant you could end up in prison regardless of whether it was rape,' she said. 'You can be sentenced while pregnant and detained in prison during your pregnancy but you will only be subject to lashes after you have your baby'" (22-23).
June 17, 2019, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ABO-PRACTICE-1

"Ms Almayouf, who is a photographer, said occasionally Saudi women find furtive ways to illegally have abortions but this is generally only accessible to those who are rich or well-connected" (para 12). "Ms Begum said it is possible to get an abortion in the country if you have the 'right connections' – noting that 'backstreet abortions happen like in any country where abortion is criminalised'. The male guardianship system is another factor which prevents women from being able to travel abroad for an abortion as their male guardian may not allow them to go. A spokesperson for UK abortion provider Marie Stopes said: 'We had a woman come over from...more
June 17, 2019, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-2

"Saudi women and migrant domestic workers who report abuse, including rape, sometimes face counter-accusations, leaving them open to criminal prosecution, according to a Human Rights Watch report" (24).
June 17, 2019, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Abortion is illegal in the Middle Eastern country unless a woman’s health is at risk and sexual relations outside of marriage are criminalised – with unmarried women faced with prosecution and even jail if they are found to be pregnant" (para 2).
June 17, 2019, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-1, CONST-LAW-1

"Women in Saudi Arabia, according to Amnesty’s latest human rights report, face 'systematic discrimination in law and practice and were inadequately protected against sexual and other violence'" (para 8).
June 17, 2019, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"Under the kingdom’s restrictive guardianship system, women are legal minors and cannot marry, divorce, travel, get a job, be released from prison or have elective surgery without permission from their male guardians. Women are also forbidden from mixing freely with members of the opposite sex" (para 3). "Women may be charged with moral crimes, like khilwa (which means mixing with unrelated members of the opposite sex) or with fleeing from their homes" (25). "The male guardianship system is another factor which prevents women from being able to travel abroad for an abortion as their male guardian may not allow them to go" (27).
June 17, 2019, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: GIC-LAW-1

"Rothna Begum, senior women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch, said: 'It is a widely known issue that babies are left on the street. It is a crime to have children outside of wedlock. If you have managed to escape the authorities noticing you are pregnant, women may choose to abandon babies to avoid crime and punishment, and the stigma and shame of being excluded from their families'" (para 18).
June 17, 2019, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-LAW-1, DTCP-LAW-1

"Women may be charged with moral crimes, like khilwa (which means mixing with unrelated members of the opposite sex) or with fleeing from their homes" (25).
June 17, 2019, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

"The guardianship system makes it almost impossible for victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse to seek justice or protection because the police often insist that women and girls obtain their guardian’s authorisation to file complaints even if the complaint concerns the guardian" (para 16). "Saudi women and migrant domestic workers who report abuse, including rape, sometimes face counter-accusations, leaving them open to criminal prosecution, according to a Human Rights Watch report" (24).
June 17, 2019, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-1, LRCM-LAW-1, MARR-PRACTICE-1

"Campaigners argue Saudi Arabia profoundly discriminates against women – with women’s marital rights being effectively non-existent and marital rape not explicitly defined as a crime" (para 15).
June 17, 2019, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"women who get pregnant outside of marriage will likely be forced to give birth inside the house because it is illegal to go to hospital to give birth to a baby who is being born outside of wedlock" (para 14).
June 17, 2019, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"'Some of the families who abandon the baby kill the girl and tell everyone she killed herself,' she added. 'Or they will lock her in the house because they are never going to trust her anymore. She is basically in prison in the home. It is rare cases when they would not be killed or locked inside'" (para 13).
June 17, 2019, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: MARR-LAW-3, ATDW-LAW-2

"Under the kingdom’s restrictive guardianship system, women are legal minors and cannot marry, divorce, travel, get a job, be released from prison or have elective surgery without permission from their male guardians. Women are also forbidden from mixing freely with members of the opposite sex" (para 3).
May 15, 2019, 6:51 p.m.
Countries: Bahamas, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Comoros, D R Congo, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Morocco, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

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May 13, 2019, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

Saudi Arabian law does not mandate nondiscrimination based on gender in employment. The dismissal of pregnant workers in Saudi Arabia is not prohibited. There is not legislation on sexual harassment in education and employment. There are not criminal penalties and civil remedies for sexual harassment in employment (130).
May 13, 2019, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LRW-LAW-3, DV-LAW-3

A woman's testimony does not carry the same evidentiary weight in court as a man's (130).
May 13, 2019, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LO-LAW-1

A woman in Saudi Arabia can legally sign a contract, register a business, and open a bank account in the same way as a man. Men and women have equal ownership rights to immovable property (130). Discrimination based on gender is not prohibited in access to credit in Saudi Arabia, and neither is discrimination based on marital status (130).
May 13, 2019, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ATFPA-PRACTICE-2

Women in Saudi Arabia are legally required to obey their husbands (130). Women cannot be head of household in the same way as a man. In Saudi Arabia, the original owner of any property legally administers the property in marriage (130).
May 13, 2019, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

Discrimination based on marital status is not prohibited in access to credit in Saudi Arabia (130).
May 13, 2019, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: GP-DATA-5

Saudi Arabian law does not establish an anti-discrimination commission (130).
May 13, 2019, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: CL-LAW-1

The government of Saudi Arabia does not provide for valuation of nonmonetary contributions, such as staying at home to take care of the elderly and disabled (130).
May 13, 2019, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ERBG-LAW-1

A woman in Saudi Arabia can legally get a job in the same way as a man. Women cannot work the same night hours as men. Women are not able to work in jobs deemed hazardous, arduous, or morally inappropriate. Women are not able to perform the same tasks at work as men. Women cannot work in the same industries as men (130). The ages at which men and women can retire with full pension benefits are not equal. The mandatory retirement ages for men and women are not equal (130).
May 13, 2019, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

A woman in Saudi arabia cannot legally travel outside the country and her own home in the same way as a man (130).
May 13, 2019, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: MARR-LAW-3

A woman cannot apply for a national ID card in the same way as a man. A woman in Saudi Arabia can sign a contract without requiring the presence of her husband or male relatives (130).
May 13, 2019, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: MULV-LAW-1

The government of Saudi Arabia does not provide for valuation of nonmonetary contributions, such as staying at home to take care of children or other dependents (130).
May 13, 2019, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: CLCW-PRACTICE-1

A woman in Saudi Arabia cannot legally apply for a national ID card in the same way as a man (130).
May 13, 2019, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-7

A woman in Saudi Arabia cannot legally choose where she lives in the same way as a man (130).
May 13, 2019, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

Female and male surviving spouses not have have equal inheritance rights in Saudi Arabia (130).