16 June, 2024


How Will Saudi’s Anti-Domestic Violence Campaign Work?

Saudi women can’t do anything without a male guardian’s permission – including see the advert.

Here is a laudable campaign against domestic violence in Saudi Arabia – the first ever in that conservative and repressive country. Powerful and affecting – a woman in a niqab with a badly bruised eye stares into the camera above the message “some things can’t be covered” – it has been written about by western media outlets from the Daily Mail to the New Zealand Herald. However, the women most likely to be affected by the violence it depicts are unlikely to be able to see it without permission from the men who rules their lives.

Read more in the Guardian

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