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Saudi Arabia: 10 Reasons Why Women Flee

(Beirut) – Rahaf al-Qunun, the Saudi woman who managed to successfully flee her allegedly abusive family, has shed new light on the countless women trapped under the abusive male guardianship system in Saudi Arabia, Human Rights Watch said today. Women face systematic discrimination and are left exposed to domestic violence under the male guardianship system and have few places to turn when they face abuse, leading some women to undertake dangerous escape attempts to flee the country. Under the male guardianship system, a man controls a Saudi woman’s life from her birth until her death. Every Saudi…

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