Source: Mohammed Jamjoom / CNN
When word started spreading last week that Saudi women — already some of the most oppressed and restricted in the world — were being monitored electronically as they left the country, activists were quick to express their outrage.
“It’s very shameful,” said Manal Al-Sharif, who became an icon of female empowerment in 2011 after defying the conservative kingdom’s driving ban and encouraging other Saudi women to do the same.
Al-Sharif was one of the first prominent Saudis to start tweeting about the electronic monitoring issue — describing the shock experienced by a couple she knew after the husband received a text message alerting him his wife had left Saudi Arabia, even though they were traveling out of the country together.
What surprised and disturbed them most, Al-Sharif told CNN, was the fact that the husband had not registered with the Interior Ministry to begin receiving such notifications.
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