Saudi women’s rights activist Manal al-Sharif gives a talk on the Saudi monarchy ongoing disregard for women’s rights. By using her own persecution as an example, al-Sharif depicts the rigid laws that have shunned women in Saudi Arabia and left them at the mercy of so-called”guardians.” Al-Sharif maintains that while the Saudi regime shows little interest in liberating women from this oppression, there are some developments taking place—such as the participation of women in forthcoming local elections—that are a glimmer of hope for a Saudi women’s spring.
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