From left to right, Fahad Albutairi and Loujain Al-Hathloul
On April 25th, 2016, young crown prince MohammadBin Salman announced the ambitious Saudi Vision 2030. Recognizing a historic dependency on oil wealth and foreign labor, Bin Salman launched this program to diversify and nationalize the Kingdom’s economy. Among the systematic overhauls of Saudi society included full-scale growth of the entertainment industry, as well as lifting the controversial ban on women driving. Soon after, Bin Salman rose to prominence as a “young progressive,” pushing Saudi Arabia forward and making it a more comfortable, sanitized ally to its historicWestern partners. Yet, Saudi Arabia’s biggest young progressives seem to be left behind in this so-called“progression”: women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul and her ex-husband, YouTube celebrity Fahad Albutairi, remain brutally imprisoned for almost two years.
Linked below is a chronological timeline of Al-Hathloul and Albutairi's activism:
Find the full story in the December 2019 print journal.