Family and Legal Status

  • Jan 19, 2015
  • Jun 10, 2014
  • Apr 30, 2014
    Tunisia has officially lifted key reservations to the international women’s treaty, an important step toward realizing gender equality, Human Rights Watch said today. The Tunisian government should next ensure that all domestic laws conform to international standards and eliminate all forms of discrimination against women.
  • Apr 11, 2014
    In a welcome move that could advance rights for women and girls, Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council has directed the Education Ministry to study the possibility of introducing physical education for girls in Saudi public schools. The council, the kingdom’s highest consultative body, voted overwhelmingly – 92 votes to 18 – in favor of the recommendation, but the Ministry of Education must draft and present regulations, and the Shura Council and Cabinet must approve them before sports for girls in public schools becomes a reality, Human Rights Watch said.
  • Mar 28, 2014
    When the story broke earlier this month of four Saudi princesses allegedly confined to their Jeddah home by members of their own family, the kingdom soon went into damage control mode.
  • Jan 13, 2014
  • Oct 24, 2013
    Saudi authorities should end the country’s driving ban for women as the “Women2Drive” campaign gathers momentum, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Oct 24, 2013
    This weekend, Saudi women will once again defy their nation's long-standing driving ban and get behind the wheel, facing harassment, intimidation and arrest.
  • Sep 22, 2013

    World leaders should commit to fully integrating human rights into the post-2015 global development agenda and targets when they meet at a special event at the United Nations General Assembly on September 25.

  • Sep 17, 2013
    Yemen should protect women’s rights by ensuring that its new constitution has adequate protections for women, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the head of the Rights and Freedoms Working Group of its National Dialogue process that was made public today.