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Saudi Princess opens up about women's rights in her country

September 20th, 2012
06:40 PM ET

By Samuel Burke & Meredith Milstein, CNN

Ameerah al-Taweel is a privileged princess from Saudi Arabia; but she is also on the frontlines of fighting for women’s rights in her country, which is among the most oppressive for women anywhere in the world.

Her husband, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, is one of the richest men in the world and is the nephew of Saudi King Abdullah.

In that Kingdom, a woman can't travel alone, can't drive a car and can't even take a job without the approval of her male guardian.

But the Princess Ameerah is speaking out in ways clerics and conservatives in Saudi Arabia don't really want to hear.

Ameerah says she’s often asked why women can’t drive in Saudi Arabia, which she believes should be reformed.

“I think it's a very easy decision. And it is for the government. A lot of people are saying this is a social issue…. Education was a social issue. And a lot of people in Saudi Arabia were against women getting educated. Yet the decision was made.”  FULL POST


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