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Loujain al-Hathloul

Loujain Alhathloul (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Loujain al-Hathloul (Arabic: لجين الهذلول‎ Lujjayn al-Hadhlūl; born 31 July 1989) is a Saudi women’s rights activist, a social media figure, and a political prisoner. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia. Al-Hathloul has been arrested and released on several occasions for defying the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia and was arrested in May 2018, with several prominent women’s rights activists, on the charge of „attempting to destabilise the kingdom“. She was ranked third in the list of Top 100 Most Powerful Arab Women 2015. As of October 2018, her husband, Saudi stand-up comedian Fahad Albutairi, was also under arrest.

On March 14, 2019, PEN America announced that Nouf Abdulaziz, Loujain Al-Hathloul, and Eman Al-Nafjan would receive the 2019 PEN America/Barbey Freedom to Write Award, which was presented on May 21 at the 2019 PEN America Literary Gala.