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According to data from the World Bank and the OECD, illiteracy in Saudi Arabia has fallen to below 4 per cent and more and more school leavers are now entering higher education. Press releases boast about Saudi higher education institutions for moving away from entirely face-to-face delivery, to using digital learning tools, such as e-texts and online learning systems, but what about the effect of distant and e learning on women in Saudi Arabia?
When Saudi Arabia permitted women to vote but not drive, a newspaper cartoon last year captured the double standard with dark irony. As a group of women in burqa wait in line to vote at a polling station in Riyadh, an aggressive-looking polling agent tells the women, “We have a small problem here. We need your driver’s licence as identification.”
Saudi Arabia's cabinet has passed a ban on domestic violence and other forms of abuse against women for the first time in the Kingdom's history.
The cabinet approved the ban on physical or sexual violence earlier this week, which applies both at home or within the work place.
Read more at The Independent.
On 15 June 2013 a District Court i Saudi Arabia sentenced two human rights defenders, Wajeha Al-Huwaider and Fawzia Al-Oyouni, to ten months in prison. Also, a two year travel ban was imposed.
Al-Huwaider campaigns to abolish the male guardianship system and stop forced marriages of young girls in Saudi Arabia. Fawzia Al-Oyouni campaigns for women’s right to drive.
Read more at the Gulf Centre for Human Rights.
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