Arab Digest editor William Law is in conversation with Lina al-Hathloul about the fight for freedom for her sister Loujain whose crime was to lead the struggle for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, including the right to drive. Loujain was seized in the UAE and turned over to Saudi authorities. She was imprisoned and tortured before being released last year but with severe restrictions, including a travel ban.
Summary: battling sexism, double standards and an election system weighted against them, Kuwaiti women continue the fight for equal rights despite being shut out of parliament.
Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with Lina al-Hathloul, the sister of the jailed Saudi womens’ rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul (https://www.loujainalhathloul.org/.) Loujain was detained and tortured in a secret prison and in December of last year given a six year prison sentence. Her sister tells Loujain’s story and the family’s fight for justice.
Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with the Kuwaiti author and academic Dr. Alanoud Alsharekh. She is a longtime advocate for the rights of women in Kuwait and the wider Middle East and the co-founder of Mudhawi List which was established to support Kuwaiti women seeking elected office.
Summary: Saudi Arabia has worked hard to sell an image to the West that it is supportive of women’s rights but the detention, torture and trial of activists and efforts to manipulate UN Women tell another story.