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Women in Saudi Arabia: A long road to equality

By France 24
01 July 2017   |   6:10 am
In Saudi Arabia, women are considered second-class citizens. They cannot drive or travel without the authorisation of a male guardian: a brother, father, cousin or even a son.

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