There are still women activists being punished for protesting it — and the U.S. is complicit

Saudi activist and campaigner Aziza al-Yousef looks on during an interview in the capital Riyadh, on September 27, 2016.

TThis month, the Saudi Arabian authorities took the long-overdue step of easing restrictions on women under the kingdom’s repressive “male guardianship system.” Finally, women will be allowed to travel without needing the permission of a male relative.

It is an important victory. For decades, they had been subject to the…

Samah Hadid

Human rights campaigner, writer, commentator. www.samahhadid.com

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