Meet Amira al-Tawil 33 – year-old Princess of Saudi Arabia, She Breaks All the Stereotypes

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.

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“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.” 

She says 57 percent of university graduates are now women.

She takes part in charitable organizations, set up a shelter in West Africa, provided assistance to the flood victims in Pakistan, opened the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge, and led a mission to help Somalia.

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She was among the first women in her country who refused abayas — long loose dresses hiding the whole body — and started to wear European clothes.

The Princess thinks that all the women of her country should have the right to choose in these issues, and she tries to make this a reality.

This article was originally published in the Viral Women

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