In Saudi Arabia, most people are too young to remember when religious extremists took over everyday life, especially for women. With a crown prince who wants to rebrand the kingdom's image, many women are feeling, and fueling, winds of change.
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.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman enjoys the support of many young Saudis who suffer from high unemployment — but will his economic reform plans succeed? Sam Bollier reports.
The measure has been passed by the Cabinet and an advisory council, and will become law with a royal decree. The country is making some piecemeal reforms, including ending its notorious ban on women driving.
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