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Latest items for Saudi Arabia

Jan. 24, 2024, 3:24 p.m.
Countries: Armenia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Georgia, Hungary, Iran, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Moldova, Oman, Palestine, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Trinidad/Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan
Variables: MMR-SCALE-2

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Jan. 24, 2024, 3:19 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia
Variables: MMR-SCALE-1

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Jan. 24, 2024, 3:15 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Fiji, Gabon, Guatemala, Guyana, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Moldova, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen
Variables: ERBG-SCALE-1

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Jan. 24, 2024, 3:06 p.m.
Countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, Denmark, Estonia, Gambia, Guinea, Iceland, India, Liberia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Togo
Variables: DACH-SCALE-2

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Jan. 24, 2024, 3:03 p.m.
Countries: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay
Variables: DACH-SCALE-1

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Jan. 21, 2024, 11:10 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: MMR-DATA-1

According to a 2023 report on global trends in maternal mortality from 2000-2020 published by the WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank Group, and UNDESA/Population Division, in 2020 the maternal mortality ratio (per 100,000 live births) in Saudi Arabia was 16 (KMM-CODER COMMENT).
Jan. 21, 2024, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: GP-DATA-2

"The story of Ms. al-Hathloul, who was released last year, touches on another contradiction in Saudi Arabia’s nominal pursuit of women’s equality: its ambassadors. The kingdom first appointed a woman to the role of ambassador in 2019, when Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan was dispatched to Washington. Soon a second woman, Amal al-Moallimi, whose brother is Saudi Arabia’s longtime delegate to the United Nations, was appointed ambassador to Norway" (para 22).
Jan. 21, 2024, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"[S]audi Arabia’s abortion laws are more liberal than those of some U.S. states, allowing for pregnancy termination when the mother’s mental or physical health is threatened" (para 14).
Jan. 21, 2024, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-3, ADDL-DATA-1

"Just as the kingdom announced that women could drive, for example, the women who’d campaigned tirelessly and publicly for precisely this right were arrested and locked away. The family of one of the most prominent driving activists, Loujain al-Hathloul, said publicly that she was tortured and sexually harassed while in custody; human rights investigators say others were also abused" (para 23).
Jan. 21, 2024, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ATFPA-LAW-1

"Once married, a Saudi woman must obey her husband. She may not “withhold herself” from her husband. She must breastfeed her children; this is a legal obligation owed to her husband" (para 15).
Jan. 21, 2024, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ATFPA-PRACTICE-2

"He also removed some of the legal enforcements of the dreaded guardianship system, which consigned every Saudi woman to the near total control of a male family member" (para 6) "The recent reforms mean that if a woman has been born or married into a clan of freethinking men willing to let her do things, the state will not interfere. But for the many Saudi women who lack a benevolent male guardian, there is no remedy. If, for example, a woman’s husband or father doesn’t think she should get her driving license, she is still compelled to obey his dictate. In other words, according to Saudi legal experts I consulted,...more
Jan. 21, 2024, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"He also removed some of the legal enforcements of the dreaded guardianship system, which consigned every Saudi woman to the near total control of a male family member" (para 6).
Jan. 21, 2024, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"[H]e also removed some of the legal enforcements of the dreaded guardianship system, which consigned every Saudi woman to the near total control of a male family member (...)" (para 6). "The recent reforms mean that if a woman has been born or married into a clan of freethinking men willing to let her do things, the state will not interfere. But for the many Saudi women who lack a benevolent male guardian, there is no remedy. If, for example, a woman’s husband or father doesn’t think she should get her driving license, she is still compelled to obey his dictate. In other words, according to Saudi legal experts I...more
Jan. 21, 2024, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"He also removed some of the legal enforcements of the dreaded guardianship system, which consigned every Saudi woman to the near total control of a male family member" (para 6). "The recent reforms mean that if a woman has been born or married into a clan of freethinking men willing to let her do things, the state will not interfere. But for the many Saudi women who lack a benevolent male guardian, there is no remedy. If, for example, a woman’s husband or father doesn’t think she should get her driving license, she is still compelled to obey his dictate. In other words, according to Saudi legal experts I consulted,...more
Jan. 21, 2024, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1, ERBG-DATA-2

"[M]ore women are believed to have entered the work force now that the government allows them to move around more easily" (para 6).
Jan. 21, 2024, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1, IAW-LAW-1, SAB-LAW-1

"As is common in other Muslim countries, no Muslim woman may marry a non-Muslim, and widows, compared with widowers, are entitled to a smaller share of the dead spouse’s estate" (para 15).
Jan. 21, 2024, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"First, it’s hard to discuss women’s freedom while Saudi Arabia prosecutes women (and men) as terrorists for so much dabbling in politics. Just last week, Salma al-Shehab, a Ph.D. student and mother of two, was sentenced to 34 years in prison for using her Twitter account in support of dissidents" (para 5). "Just as the kingdom announced that women could drive, for example, the women who’d campaigned tirelessly and publicly for precisely this right were arrested and locked away. The family of one of the most prominent driving activists, Loujain al-Hathloul, said publicly that she was tortured and sexually harassed while in custody; human rights investigators say others were also...more
Jan. 21, 2024, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"M.B.S. indeed abolished the ban on women driving, which had always stood out as an outlandish source of international scorn...He also removed some of the legal enforcements of the dreaded guardianship system, which consigned every Saudi woman to the near total control of a male family member" (para 6). "The recent reforms mean that if a woman has been born or married into a clan of freethinking men willing to let her do things, the state will not interfere. But for the many Saudi women who lack a benevolent male guardian, there is no remedy. If, for example, a woman’s husband or father doesn’t think she should get her driving...more
Jan. 21, 2024, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"Saudi women still need permission from a male guardian to marry. True, it forbids guardians to force their charges to marry against their will. But the paternalistic role of the male guardian is fully encoded in the law — with control over women passing among fathers, husbands, uncles, brothers and even sons in a prescribed order of importance — and since a marriage agreement involves the 'offer of the guardian and the acceptance of the husband,' a guardian could likely prevent a woman from marrying according to her desire" (para 14).
Jan. 21, 2024, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-1, LRCM-LAW-2, MARR-LAW-5

"Once married, a Saudi woman must obey her husband. She may not 'withhold herself' from her husband. She must breastfeed her children; this is a legal obligation owed to her husband" (para 15).
Jan. 21, 2024, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"He also removed some of the legal enforcements of the dreaded guardianship system, which consigned every Saudi woman to the near total control of a male family member...M.B.S. defanged the notorious religious police and ended the mandatory gender segregation they imposed on every public space." (Parag. 6) "The recent reforms mean that if a woman has been born or married into a clan of freethinking men willing to let her do things, the state will not interfere. But for the many Saudi women who lack a benevolent male guardian, there is no remedy. If, for example, a woman’s husband or father doesn’t think she should get her driving license, she...more
Jan. 21, 2024, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-LAW-1

"M.B.S. indeed abolished the ban on women driving, which had always stood out as an outlandish source of international scorn...He also removed some of the legal enforcements of the dreaded guardianship system, which consigned every Saudi woman to the near total control of a male family member" (para 6). "The recent reforms mean that if a woman has been born or married into a clan of freethinking men willing to let her do things, the state will not interfere. But for the many Saudi women who lack a benevolent male guardian, there is no remedy. If, for example, a woman’s husband or father doesn’t think she should get her driving...more
Jan. 21, 2024, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-1

"[S]audi Arabia prosecutes women (and men) as terrorists for so much as dabbling in politics. Just last week, Salma al-Shehab, a Ph.D. student and mother of two, was sentenced to 34 years in prison for using her Twitter account in support of dissidents" (para 5). Even though there's no mention of a prohibition, if they're being prosecuted, there might be some kind of law against it. (MD - CODER COMENT)
Jan. 20, 2024, 1:37 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2

According to 2023 World Bank Gender Data collected from the most recent ILO modeled estimates from 2020 onwards, the female laborforce participation rate (as a percentage of the female population ages 15+) in Saudi Arabia is 27.8% (KMM-CODER COMMENT).
Jan. 7, 2024, 3:30 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DACH-DATA-1

According to the World Bank, as of 2021, life expectancy in Saudi Arabia is 79 years for women and 76 years for men (KMM-CODER COMMENt0.
Dec. 28, 2023, 2:18 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DACH-DATA-1

According to 2019 data from the WHO's Global Health Observatory, average life expectancy in Saudi Arabia is 73.1 years for men and 76.1 years for women (KMM-CODER COMMENT).
Nov. 22, 2023, 12:27 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RCDW-PRACTICE-1

"A single form of the loose black abaya became common attire for Saudi women until now" (109).
Nov. 22, 2023, 12:25 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-3

"The Saudi Labor Ministry fines employers and workers who breach guidelines on sex segregation and women’s dress code, including mandatory jilbabs. These rules mean, said a Saudi woman, 'Companies don’t want to hire women. It is too much of a hassle.'" (109).
Oct. 12, 2023, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Algeria, Bangladesh, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, Fiji, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Libya, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Variables: BR-SCALE-1

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Sept. 29, 2023, 9:40 a.m.
Countries: Cape Verde, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia
Variables: BR-DATA-1

"16.4 births per 1000 population"