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Saudi Arabia: Reaching the Line of Gender Equality

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Saudi Arabia, U.S.A., Human Rights, Sport, Women & Gender, Olympics

While saluting the decision of Saudi Arabia to send two female athletes to the London Olympics, the Saudi Women Driving  [1] deplores the fact that Saudi women cannot drive. “The whole world has been watching Saudi women and their triumphant appearance at the Olympics, and most news stories about them mention that they can't drive back home,”  it says.  The Blog of Amnesty International – USA  [2]also notes”Evidently, Saudi Arabia has a long way to reach the finish line of ‘gender equality.’ Nevertheless, Sarah Attar’s 800 meter run at the 2012 Olympics certainly shortens the distance.”