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Oct. 12, 2018, 12:31 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

"Women are to be allowed to serve in Saudi Arabia’s armed forces for the first time after King Salman issued a raft of royal decrees to radically shake up the country’s military" (para 1). "The Interior Ministry’s General Security division is to start accepting applications from women interested in serving in the army and police. Necessary requirements include a high school degree and the permission of a woman’s male guardian, who must live and work in the same region she has applied" (para 4-5).
Oct. 12, 2018, 12:31 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: GP-DATA-1

"Several political appointments were also announced, including the promotion of a woman, Tamadar bint Yousef al-Ramah, to the position of deputy minister of labour and social development" (para 2).
Oct. 9, 2018, 2:07 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IM-DATA-1

According to the 2018 WHO statistical report, the under-five (0-5 years) mortality rate is 12.9 per 1000 live births and the neonatal mortality rate (infants who die within 28 days of birth) is 6.9 per 1000 live births (data is from 2016).
Oct. 8, 2018, 7:25 p.m.
Countries: Algeria, Kenya, Philippines, Saudi Arabia
Variables: SUICIDE-DATA-1

According to the 2018 WHO statistical report, the suicide mortality rate is 3.2 per 100,000 (data from 2016).
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"According to the Saudi ruler, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and their many supporters, the monarchy is verging on a great feminist leap forward. The change reflects the tectonic shifts in a society that have helped women reach the pinnacles of academic and professional success, combined with the effects of globalization, which have brought more openness to the kingdom than at anytime in its recent history" (para 5). "'There is no doubt that there is a deep transformation happening in Saudi now,' said Kristin Smith Diwan, the senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. 'But we are also witnessing a...more
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"From the time she was young, she was the clever one in her family. She attended a public university and studied Arabic literature, married at 19, raised five children and taught at a girls’ school" (para 22). "Only a limited number of training courses have opened for women — and given the strict gender segregation in effect in schools and government agencies, it is challenging to staff them. Earlier this year, pilot driver’s education programs were scrambling to find qualified women to instruct their Saudi sisters. That is how Sheikha al-Kadeeb, 29, who had been looking for work in finance, was recruited to teach driving" (para 31-32). "Another problem is...more
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"By 17, she had entered into an arranged marriage. Within a year, she had given birth to a child, divorced, then remarried and divorced again" (para 3). "From the time she was young, she was the clever one in her family. She attended a public university and studied Arabic literature, married at 19, raised five children and taught at a girls’ school" (para 22).
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: CUST-PRACTICE-1, CUST-LAW-1

"Since the crown prince took power last year, judges who once would have automatically given fathers custody of children in divorce cases have started allowing some mothers custody instead" (para 17).
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Last month, Saudi officials arrested a group of well-known feminists, among them some veterans of a 1990 protest, in what was seen as a warning to them not to take credit for the end of the driving ban. Eight leading women’s rights activists remain behind bars, according to Amnesty International. They are facing serious charges, including spying and sedition" (para 13-14).
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-LAW-1

"The new law allowing women to drive removes a lightning rod for critics and allies who have long derided the Saudis, a bastion of conservative Islamic orthodoxy, for following a repressive practice embraced by groups like the Taliban and the Islamic State" (para 7). "The rulers have announced that Saudi women will not need a guardian to apply for driver’s education or receive a driver’s license. But that is one of the rare exceptions where men have no role over women’s lives" (para 11). "Last year, a royal decree commanded government agencies to allow women access to many services without their guardians — and to list those services to thwart...more
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Parents and family members, meanwhile, have worried about what would happen to women if their cars broke down or the police pulled them over. Casual encounters with strange men are discomfiting to many Saudi women. Nor are some willing to risk the physical threats of being stuck alone" (para 34).
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Salma al-Rashid, the chief programs officer at Al Nahda Philanthropic Organization for Women in Riyadh, which for more than 50 years has been working with disadvantaged women and families, pointed to recent legal changes that have improved financial and emotional security for a majority of Saudi women, whose lives bear no resemblance to the stereotypical wealthy Saudi resident" (para 18).
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RCDW-PRACTICE-1

"With her bubble-gum pink hair and stylishly ripped jeans, Doaa Bassem goes a long way to redefining what it means to be a Saudi woman these days" (para 1).
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-2

"A catalyst of social change, Ms. Rashid said, is the growing number of Saudi women who are graduating from college, traveling abroad on scholarships and entering the work force" (para 19).
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: MABFC-DATA-1

"By 17, she had entered into an arranged marriage. Within a year, she had given birth to a child, divorced, then remarried and divorced again" (para 3).
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SRACE-PRACTICE-2

"Another problem is the cost of driver’s education for women, which is four to five times as expensive when compared with what men pay" (para 35).
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"Now, at 29, she is a single mother who works, lives on her own and plans to be among the first women who take to the streets on Sunday, the first day they will be legally permitted to drive in Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy that is the last country in the world to bar women from driving. Ms. Bassem won’t be behind the wheel of a sports car, though. She will be riding a Harley" (para 4). "However, while the joy shared by tens of thousands of Saudi women over the right to take the wheel is undeniable, a bright red line keeps them from equality — the restrictive...more
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1, ERBG-PRACTICE-4

"Since the crown prince took power last year... Women no longer need a guardian to register a business. More private companies are hiring women for technical and manual labor jobs, helping pull poor families or single mothers up the socio-economic ladder" (para 17).
Oct. 8, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
Countries: Austria, Canada, Iceland, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

According to the 2018 WHO statistical report, 98 percent of births were attended by skilled health personnel (latest data available from 2007-2017).
Oct. 5, 2018, 8:59 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DACH-DATA-1

According to the 2018 WHO statistical report, the average life expectancy for both sexes is 74.8 years, with the average life expectancy being 73.5 years for men and 76.5 years for women (data taken from global health estimates 2000-2016).
Sept. 26, 2018, 3:01 p.m.
Countries: Bahamas, Canada, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Saudi Arabia
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

According to the 2017 WHO statistical report, 98 percent of births were attended by skilled health personnel (data from 2005-2016).
Sept. 26, 2018, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: Bahamas, Canada, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Uruguay
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

According to the 2016 WHO statistical report, 98 percent of births were attended by skilled health personnel (data from 2006-2014).
Sept. 26, 2018, 9:55 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"My friends know about the election, but they are not excited about it,” she recalled on an October afternoon from her office in a Jeddah PR company. “They didn’t register [to vote].'" (para 2). General apathy coming from women can be a response to the barriers women are confronted to when it comes to voting (CCS-CODER COMMENT). "But in Rana’s case, those things don’t include registering to vote. Rana ticked off the many obstacles she encountered. The window for registration was too brief, the documentation required too onerous, and her legal guardian — which all Saudi women require for even the most basic bureaucratic chores — wasn’t around to arrange...more
Sept. 26, 2018, 9:55 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"Visibility alone could also have an impact, as it has in the national advisory parliament, the Shura Council. Women were appointed to the 150-member body for the first time in 2013, amid a similar mix of wariness and skepticism" (para 24).
Sept. 26, 2018, 9:55 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-3

"Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s social conservatives launched a vitriolic social media campaign warning of moral decay if women were elected. “I say: it is forbidden for Muslim women to participate,” one cleric with 161,000 Twitter followers, Abdulrahman Bin Nasser Al-Barrak, wrote in a fatwa, warning of “consequences in the afterlife” for those who took part" (para 15).
Sept. 26, 2018, 9:55 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: VOTE-DATA-2

"The election commission says that women make up about 22 percent of new voters for December’s municipal polls, or just over 100,000 people. Added to previously registered Saudis, that will make women about 6 percent of the 1.7 million person electorate" (para 5).
Sept. 26, 2018, 9:55 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: VOTE-DATA-1

"Meanwhile, the minimum voting age has dropped from 21 years old to 18" (para 9).
Sept. 26, 2018, 9:55 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"Rana ticked off the many obstacles she encountered. The window for registration was too brief, the documentation required too onerous, and her legal guardian — which all Saudi women require for even the most basic bureaucratic chores — wasn’t around to arrange her paperwork. And her family, inclined to think of politics as a man’s domain, discouraged her efforts" (para 4). "Females in Saudi Arabia are treated as legal dependents from birth to death and can take few decisions — from travel to schooling — without a man’s consent" (para 6). "Legally, female voters could register without the approval of a guardian — but in practice, this was rarely the...more
Sept. 26, 2018, 9:55 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s social conservatives launched a vitriolic social media campaign warning of moral decay if women were elected. 'I say: it is forbidden for Muslim women to participate,' one cleric with 161,000 Twitter followers, Abdulrahman Bin Nasser Al-Barrak, wrote in a fatwa, warning of 'consequences in the afterlife' for those who took part" (para 15).
Sept. 25, 2018, 8:33 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IM-DATA-1

According to the 2016 WHO statistical report, the under-five (0-5 years) mortality rate is 14.5 per 1000 live births and the neonatal mortality rate (infants who die within 28 days of birth) is 7.9 per 1000 live births (data is from 2015).