Saudi Arabia has arrested at least seventeen women’s rights activists for peacefully protesting the government’s treatment of women.

Join us in uniting with Saudi activists who demand that the United Nations hold Saudi Arabia accountable for human rights violations.

In Saudi Arabia, women have been campaigning for decades against a government which bans them from driving cars and requires that they seek the permission of a male guardian before traveling or making any major decisions. These laws limit women’s ability to move about their communities or accomplish even basic tasks, and make them extremely vulnerable to gendered abuse. There are even cases of women being imprisoned for attempting to escape their families.

Saudi activists believe these laws are oppressive and a violation of women’s human rights – and are now being arrested for speaking out for the oppression they face.

The arrests occurred as a retaliation against people who had challenged the driving ban, just weeks before the country was set to lift it. Now activists on the ground live in fear that there may be more arrests, and those being held have been denied access to any legal representation.

The UN must use its power to demand the immediate and unconditional release of all activists being detained solely for their human rights work.

Please join Women’s March Global and our Free Saudi Women Coalition in standing with Saudi women.

Read our Op-Ed in Newsweek


Timeline of Events

  • Feb 2018 - Formation of Free Saudi Women Coalition

  • April 2018 - Launch of Coalition Action (Sharing Stories of Saudi Women)

  • 19/20 May 2018 - Saudi Arabia arrests 17 activists (on the grounds that they violated the religious and national pillars of the government)- some of whom are directly involved in working to lift the driving ban (set to lift 24 June)

  • 22 May 2018 - WMGlobal Launches petition calling on the UN to hold Saudi Arabia Accountable

  • 29 May 2018 - Reuters reported on UN voicing concern on Saudi Arrests

  • 31 May 2018 - One week since petition launch: 130K supporters

  • 3 June 2018 - Reuters reports that 8 of the activists arrested have been released.

  • 6 June 2018 - Saudi Government begins issuing driving licences - Activists are still detained.

  • 10 June 2018 - Two more activists have been arrested.

  • 24 June 2018 - Driving ban set to lift