Saudi arabia driving ban protest at border

“I have been at the Saudi border for 24 hours. They don’t want to give me my passport nor will they let me pass,” Loujain Hathloul said in a tweet, before tweets from @LoujainHathloul stopped.

Activists said she was arrested on Monday 1 December.

Another woman, UAE-based Saudi journalist Maysaa Alamoudi, who went to support her, was also arrested.

“They transferred her and Maysaa… to the bureau of investigation” at a Saudi police station, said the activist who asked for anonymity.

Both women’s phones rang unanswered. Border officers blocked Hathloul because she was driving, activists said.

She said her driving licence ‘is valid in all GCC countries’, a reference to the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council which includes Saudi Arabia.

During October, dozens of women drove in the kingdom and posted images of themselves doing so as part of an online campaign supporting the right to drive.In response, the interior ministry said it would ‘strictly implement’ measures against anyone undermining ‘the social cohesion’.

Activists say it is not actually against the law for women to drive and that the ban is linked to tradition and custom in the kingdom.


Using data to help stop violence against girls

The UK’s Guardian has produced an infographic with six examples of how four countries in sub-Saharan Africa have crafted a targeted response to address the findings from their surveys:

In May 2014, 20 countries came together for a landmark event in Swaziland, where everything first began.

Using data as the foundation, countries are just beginning their journey. The message is also becoming clearer: violence is not inevitable – a safe and healthy world for girls and boys can be our future.