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Thread by @EFF: "Eman Al-Nafjan is a Saudi Arabian professor, blogger, activist, and a key figure in the movement to end the decades-old women driving ban. S […]" #Oct26driving

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Eman Al-Nafjan is a Saudi Arabian professor, blogger, activist, and a key figure in the movement to end the decades-old women driving ban.

She was arrested along with over a dozen women’s rights advocates while filming a female driver breaking the ban. eff.org/offline/eman-a…
The government said the women sought to "destabilize the kingdom and breach its social structure and mar the national consistency."

Each could be sentenced for up to 20 years, their locations are unknown, and they have not been allowed access to lawyers. apnews.com/f123b286992244…
Al-Nafjan has been an organizer for Saudi women’s rights for over a decade. She was active in the influential 2013 “October 26th Women Driving Campaign” (#Oct26driving), which encouraged women to push for the right to drive. oct26driving.com
Known for her bilingual blog “Saudi Woman,” where she writes about the driving ban, local elections, poverty, Palestinian rights, and the work of other activists, Al-Nafjan has also written for @Guardian, @CNN, @ForeignPolicy, @Newsweek, and @amnesty. saudiwoman.me/about/
Al-Nafjan wrote in 2013 that the inability to drive "has proven to be a demoralizing deterrent for many women from pursuing an education, a career and even maintaining their own healthcare.”
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Increasing access to technology for Saudi women is an important step towards equality, but we demand freedom for the detained activists who worked online and offline to push for those rights over the last decade. eff.org/offline/eman-a…
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