The Guardian

My sister is in a Saudi jail. Her crime? Campaigning for women’s rights | Walid al-Hathloul

The government of Saudi Arabia claims it operates an open and tolerant nation. Its deplorable actions prove the very opposite is true
‘How can we achieve women’s equality if we allow its greatest advocates to die in jail?’ Photograph: Loujain al-Hathloul

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the many achievements of women and stand together to demand equal rights. More and more people worldwide are speaking out against injustices and joining the fight for equality.

My sister, Loujain, is one of these brave gender equality activists – and for that she is now in jail. She has dedicated her life to gaining basic women’s rights in our home country of Saudi Arabia, focusing mainly on the women’s , and .

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Guardian

The Guardian4 min read
The Point Of Dictionaries Is To Describe How Language Is Used, Not To Police It | Lynne Murphy
Tottenham Hotspur’s protests about the OED’s definition of the Y-word may be understandable, but are misplaced
The Guardian5 min read
After Suleimani: Iran's Scramble To Recover From General's Death
Loss of revered Quds Force commander and his aides has derailed country’s momentum in region
The Guardian4 min read
Psychedelics Have Lost Their Cool. Blame Gwyneth Paltrow | John Semley
Mushrooms used to be the territory of hippies, explorers, indigenous people and artists. Now tech bros and wellness gurus have taken over