Saudi Film Festival: Female film-maker Hana al-Omair wins award for best drama

Saudi Arabia has an abysmal human rights record, particularly with regards to protecting women.


Restrictions against women

– Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive

– When leaving the house, Saudi women need to be accompanied by a "mahram" who is usually a male relative that a woman cannot marry at any time in her life 

– A woman cannot open a bank account without her husband’s permission

– Some restaurants ban single women "to avoid shocking behaviour"

– Saudi women can not go for a swim

– A law prevents female patients visiting a male doctor, without being accompanied by a male guardian

– Trying clothes when shopping is forbidden

– While they were allowed to compete in sports, women have to be accompanied by a male guardian and wear a "Sharia-compliant" sports kit that covers their hair

– A woman is barred from entering a cemetery

– Saudi women are banned from reading an uncensored fashion magazine

– Buying a Barbie doll is forbidden as the toys are seen to stand for luxurious excess and physical beauty…

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