Arrested and jailed simply because she campaigned for the right of women to drive, Loujain al-Hathlool’s activism blazed a trail for women’s empowerment in Saudi Arabia, whose human rights record is one of the worst in the world. Loujain al-Hathlool has been languishing in prison for two years on unspecified charges, and she is not alone. Even as Saudi women won basic freedoms to drive and to travel, many of the female activists who championed the cause remain in government custody. Hathlool’s family is hoping that international pressure may lead to her release.
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