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Shafaqna's interview with Sputnik on women driven in KSA

SHAFAQNA - Earlier this week King Salman granted women in the kingdom the right to drive. Lauded for its magnanimity Saudi Arabia's concession however feels much more like a PR exercise than true change. The most violent, repression and reactionary…

Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive … but not just right now

SHAFAQNA - Behold! The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia finally conceded some ground to its women folk by granting them the privilege to drive … How grand an achievement if we consider that the kingdom has yet to determine women’s status as to their…

Ummah group to hold meetings on women's rights in Islam

SHAFAQNA - The study of women's rights in Islam at Ummah group meetings, special for English speaking residents of Tehran, will be held weekly since Thursday. Following the discussion of the principles of religious beliefs and lifestyle, this…

Controversial election - Shafaqna Director debates UN decision on women issues

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SHAFAQNA - The UN Commission on the Status of Women - a body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women – has been the subject of massive criticism for its recent decision to elect Saudi Arabia,…

Nine things women can't do in Saudi Arabia

SHAFAQNA - Saudi Arabia's human rights record, especially with regards to protecting women, has often been called into question. Although women's rights have been incrementally extended in recent years – they were allowed to vote in municipal…

Belittling women in Saudi Arabia - the heirs of Muhammed Abdul ibn Abdel Wahhab

SHAFAQNA - Before I delve into the serious matter which is women rights in Saudi Arabia – or rather the lack of … I would like to make abundantly clear to readers that my anger … even though justified, is not aimed at Saudi Arabians,…
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Saudi Arabia new women rights breakthrough?

SHAFAQNA - A news report in the Guardian this Tuesday read that Saudi Arabia finally agreed to provide women with a written copy of their marriage contract - a breakthrough it is said, and a sign of the kingdom's willingness to protect women'…

Feminism and Islam - Islam protects and asserts women rights

SHAFAQNA - Today, society’s most prominent ills are frequently attributed to Islam. Islam’s own view is then dismissed. Given the daily misfortunes we witness, the urge to have a catch-all blame name is understandable. However, that does…

UN blows the lid off on female mutilation

SHAFAQNA - A new UNICEF report says at least 200 million women and girls have suffered the terrible practice of genital mutilation in 30 countries across the world. In some countries the procedure is practically universal. Of these 200…