Aisha al-Qahtani has recounted her escape from Doha after years of what she described as oppressive and abusive life in Qatar, the only GCC country that continues to implement male guardianship laws for female travel, the Qatari women's rights activist told 60 Minutes Australia in an interview.
Aisha planned her escape from Qatar for years, but laws stipulate local women under 25 need a male guardian’s permission to board a flight. Her bid for freedom came on a family holiday in Kuwait, where she snuck away to the airport to get a flight to London. #60Mins pic.twitter.com/LgbuPLteLB— 60 Minutes Australia (@60Mins) May 17, 2020
The winds of change are blowing across the Middle East, and women are the force behind it. From princesses fleeing palaces, to brave young firebrands, their voices can’t be silenced. #60Mins pic.twitter.com/HX27HR3mna— 60 Minutes Australia (@60Mins) May 17, 2020