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>> The Saudi teenager who fled her family by escaping on a Thailand bound plane says her ordeal was worth the risk.>> I'm still in the room.>> 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun grabbed international attention last week after she barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room and begged not to be sent home.
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> The case has shown a global spotlight on Saudi Arabia's strict social roles and its conservative guardianship system where male relatives take charge of key decisions in a woman's life.
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>> I want to be independent, travel, make my own decisions on education, a career, or who and when I should marry. I had no say in any of these. Today I can proudly say I am capable of making all of those decisions.>>
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>> Qunun's bid for freedom has triggered the support of some Saudi women who say they are in similar situations. Qunun says she wants her story to become a catalyst for change for other Saudi women.