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[16days_discussion] Saudi Arabia Launches First Anti-Domestic Violence Campaign

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Tue Apr 30 14:27:16 EDT 2013


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** *Saudi anti-domestic violence campaign sparks media buzz*


Image taken from the campaign by the King Khalid Charitable Foundation.

"Some things cannot be covered. Fighting women's abuse together."

"Some things can't be covered," reads the slogan of Saudi Arabia's 
anti-domestic violence advert.

An image of a burqa-clad woman with a blackened and bloodshot eye, part 
of a campaign backed by the King Khalid Charitable Foundation 
<>, has sparked international 
media attention.

The campaign will to provide "legal protection for women and children 
from abuse in Saudi Arabia," says behind the campaign.

"The phenomenon of battered women in Saudi Arabia is much greater than 
apparent," the foundation wrote in literature for its campaign.

The King Khalid Foundation was established in 2001 by the family of the 
late King Khalid, who ruled from 1975 in Saudi Arabia until his death in 

Saudis are being encouraged by the campaign to report cases of violence 
at locations around the Kingdom including Madinah, Najran, Makkah and 
Riyadh, reported 
/The Huffington Post/.

One in every six women is abused verbally, physically or emotionally 
every day, and 90 percent of the abusers are usually husbands or 
fathers, said 
Saudi columnist Samar Fatany, citing studies.

"According to research conducted by the National Family Safety Program, 
most women are not aware of their rights and some men violate religious 
teachings and follow aberrant customs and traditions," Fatany added.

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah in recent years has pursued a reformist 
agenda in terms of women's rights.

In 2011, women were given the right to vote and run for office in 
municipal elections in 2015. Earlier this year, members of country's 
legislative Shura Council included 30 women 

It was also recently announced that women would be allowed to practice 
law in a professional environment.

But women in Saudi Arabia still encounter restrictions.

Saudi women are not allowed to drive, take up employment or leave the 
country without a male guardian's permission.

In 2011, an SMS system to track women was reported 
<>, allowing 
Saudi authorities to inform male guardians of their whereabouts.

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