Saudi woman who fled family: “We are treated as an object, like a slave”

An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her allegedly abusive family described what life was like for her in Saudi Arabia. She said in an interview Monday with Canadian news outlets CBC and The Star that she “got beat up” for not praying or helping around the house, and was locked in her home for cutting her hair short. 

“It’s daily oppression,” Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun reportedly said. “We are treated as an object, like a slave. We could not make decisions about what we want.”

“My life was in danger and I felt I had nothing to lose,” al-Qunun said. “I wanted to tell people my story and about what happens to Saudi women.”

She said that after she fled, her family disowned her.
[category global, inequity]

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