Last week, she caught the eye of the world after fleeing her family and refusing to return to Saudi Arabia. Barricaded for many hours in his hotel room at Bangkok's airport in Thailand, Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun claimed to fear for his life and demanded political asylum. On a Twitter account created for the occasion, she wrote: "I'm afraid, my family will kill me" before declaring to AFP: "I am 100% sure that they will kill me as soon as I leave. 'a Saudi prison'. She accuses her family of having locked her up for six months for cutting her hair. After a few procrastination, it was finally Canada, whose country was at loggerheads with Ryad about human rights, which granted him political asylum on Friday, January 11th.
"We granted him asylum. We are pleased to do so, because Canada is a country that recognizes the importance of upholding human rights and women's rights around the world. And I can confirm that we have accepted the request of the UN, "Justin Trudeau told reporters on Friday, January 11, shortly after the Thai authorities had announced the departure of the young woman for Canada.
"Oh my God, I'm in Canada"
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun arrived in Toronto on Saturday, January 12, where she was welcomed by Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland. "Oh my God, I'm in Canada," she wrote on one of her Twitter accounts, as a caption to a video filmed from the plane shortly before landing. "She has made a very long trip, she is exhausted and prefers not to answer questions for the moment," said the Foreign Minister in front of the audience of journalists who had come to wait for the 18-year-old woman wearing a cap and a jacket. crossed out of the name "Canada".
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"We are working for the rights of women and girls here in Canada and around the world," Chrystia Freeland said. Saudi Arabia ranks seventh among the worst countries in terms of gender equality, according to the 2017 World Economic Forum ranking. In particular, they are subject to the guardianship of a man (father, husband or other) who exercises arbitrary authority over them and takes important decisions in their place.
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