Saudi women strive to bring male guardians to a Twitter end

Source: The Guardian

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Millions of women embrace social network to push for social reforms including abolition of system of male dominion

Female shoppers wearing traditional Saudi Arabian dress check their smartphones whilst waiting for transport outside the mall.
 Saudi Arabia has more than 6 million female Twitter users. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Women in Saudi Arabia are riding a “Twitter wave” of activism that they hope will lead to the abolition of a legal guardianship system that gives men authority over their lives.

There has been an “explosion of advocacy” on Twitter over the past two years, say the authors of a report – the first of its kind produced by Saudi women – documenting how women in the kingdom have been fighting for their rights since 1990.

The move to social media has been spearheaded by younger women who, emboldened by the Arab spring and the crown prince’s vision for the country, have embraced the medium as an increasingly important tool for change.

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