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>> Is Rahaf->> The teenage Saudi girl who fled her family by hopping on a plan to Thailand, has forced a spotlight once again into women's rights in Saudi Arabia's conservative patriarchal system. Thai authorities said on Friday that Rahaf Muhammad Al Kanoon has now been granted asylum in Canada.
>> Canada is a country that understands how important it is to stand up for human rights, to stand up for women's rights around the world, and I can confirm that we have accepted the UNs request.>> It will be a huge jump from what she was born into, what's called a guardianship system.
Where male relatives take charge of key decisions in a woman's life, and other women are watching.>> Rahaf Muhammad Al Kanoon, mark my words, is going to start a revolution in Saudi Arabia. Go on social media now and watch the accounts of so many young Saudis saying Rahaf you have shown us that we can do this.
>> This week, remove Guardianship and we won't all migrate, trended on Twitter in Saudi Arabia. Under Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, women can do more. They can drive now, he ceased restrictions on gender mixing, and women are now jobs that were once reserved for men only. But those changes have been accompanied by crackdown on women's activists, and women still need permission from a male relative to marry, obtain a passport, and travel abroad.
In some countries, the fact Rahaf is 18, would have prevented the authorities from telling her family anything about her. These restrictions last from birth until death. One woman, who claimed to be a 36 year old physician, tweeted she was embarrassed to have two children and a degree from Harvard University, but still be viewed as a minor.
Human Rights Watch says the system can trap women and girls as prisoners of abusive families.>> Internet connectivity in general and chat applications, the ability of Saudi women really for the first time over the last ten years, to communicate independently with the outside world. Kind of leads to the creation of networks of people who try to help.
So I think that women may actually see this case and attempt to make the journey out, which is incredibly dangerous.>> Rahaf could be considered one of the lucky ones. Other Saudi women have tried to flee mistreatment, only to be forcibly returned to the kingdom and never heard from again.
Rahaf, meanwhile, said on Friday, that she's deleted her Twitter account after receiving death threats.