Loujain al-Hathloul

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Loujain al-Hathloul
لجين الهذلول
Born (1989-07-31) 31 July 1989 (age 34)
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Alma materUniversity of British Columbia
Known forDefying female driving ban in Saudi Arabia
Fahad Albutairi
(m. 2014; div. 2018)

Loujain al-Hathloul (Arabic: لجين الهذلول Lujjayn al-Hadhlūl; born 31 July 1989) is a Saudi women's rights activist, socialite, and a former political prisoner.[1]

Al-Hathloul has been arrested and released many times for driving in Saudi Arabia, something that is illegal for women to do there.[2][3][4]

In March 2019, PEN America announced that Nouf Abdulaziz, al-Hathloul, and Eman al-Nafjan would receive the 2019 PEN America/Barbey Freedom to Write Award.[5] Al-Hathloul was named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People of 2019".[6] Al-Hathloul was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 and 2020.[7]

She was released from prison on 10 February 2021.[8][9]

References[change | change source]

  1. Ghoussoub, Michelle (22 November 2018). "Concern grows for UBC grad after report Saudi Arabia tortured activists". CBC News. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  2. Hubbard, Ben (8 October 2018). "'Our Hands Can Reach You': Khashoggi Case Shakes Saudi Dissidents Abroad". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  3. "Saudi Arabia: Reveal Fate of Jamal Khashoggi". Human Rights Watch. 11 October 2018.
  4. Kristof, Nicholas (26 January 2019). "She Wanted to Drive, So Saudi Arabia's Ruler Imprisoned and Tortured Her". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  5. "Nouf Abdulaziz, Loujain Al-Hathloul, Eman Al-Nafjan". PEN America. 12 September 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  6. "The 100 Most Influential People of 2019". TIME. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  7. "Saudi Arabia jails women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul". Deutsche Welle. 28 December 2020.
  8. Saphora Smith (10 February 2021). "Loujain al-Hathloul, Saudi women's rights activist, released from prison, her family says". NBC News.
  9. "Loujain al-Hathloul: Saudi women's rights activist released from prison". BBC News. 10 February 2021. Retrieved 10 February 2021.