Women in Saudi Arabia are often seen in the West as oppressed. The Nesma embroidery and tailoring center in Jeddah is breaking new ground, giving Saudi woman a sense of freedom in a country that until recently excluded them from public life.
Saudi women are treated as legal minors their entire lives — they even need permission from a male guardian to travel. This rule is set to be relaxed, but will it actually help lead to gender equality in the country?
US singer Mariah Carey is set to play a show in Saudi Arabia this week. Women's rights activists are up in arms, as they fear the country's rulers could instrumentalize the gig for their own aims.
On Sunday, Saudi Arabia lifted its ban on women driving. While the few women who have driver's licenses are thrilled about hitting the road, activists warned that the journey to full women's rights will be a long one.
A Saudi Arabian football stadium will open its doors to women on Friday for the first time in the nation's history. DW finds out what this means to a country that has begun to introduce more liberal values.
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