Ms. Magazine: The Ongoing Struggle for Gender Equality in Saudi Arabia
Layla waited until the dead of night on Sept. 18, 2018, before emerging from her bedroom. As she crept through the silent hallway, the sound of her heart was deafening. Downstairs, she slipped on her long black abaya and shouldered a purse containing her most vital possessions: her newly minted passport, which she’d smuggled from her father’s safe, and her official permission to travel, which she’d obtained by impersonating her father online to register with the Saudi Ministry of Interior.
After a few steadying breaths, she unlatched the three locks on the front door and slid into the street to hail a taxi. Moments later, she was bound for the Riyadh Airport and a one-way flight to Germany. (Read More at Ms. Magazine)