Saudi writer Zainab Al Khudairi is a divorced single mother and a novelist. She is hopeful that if women push for expanded rights, they will continue to grow. Could sightings of Saudi women behind the wheel, or even in politics, become commonplace?
Riyadh has also recalled its ambassador and suspended new trade and investment with Canada. The move comes after Canada urged the kingdom to release arrested civil rights activists.
Saudi officials have arrested two award-winning women's rights activists, who have been campaigning for years to end the male guardianship system in the Islamic kingdom. This comes despite Riyadh's recent social reforms.
Saudi Arabia has cut economic ties with Canada and expelled its ambassador after a call from Ottawa to release a human rights activist. Experts say the move is an attempt to silence critics and assert Riyadh's authority.
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.
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