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Court in Gaza rules that male guardians can limit unmarried women’s travel

14 Feb 2021


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Rights at stake and state’s obligations

14 February 2021: A decision issued by an Islamic court in Gaza ruled that unmarried women wanting to travel needed authorisation from a male guardian. The decision was modified two days later after significant outcry; the revised version allowing male guardians to submit claims to stop unmarried women’s travel if they believe it will result in “absolute harm".

See The Independent (February 2021) and Human Rights Watch (February 2021).