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Fearless and formidable, Loujain defied Saudi Arabia’s driving ban and faced the consequences. In November 2014, she was detained for 73 days for live-tweeting herself driving into Saudi Arabia from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Released in February 2015, she went on to stand for election in November that year – the first time women were allowed to both vote and stand in elections in the state. Despite finally being recognized as a candidate, her name was never added to the ballot. Today she is based in the UAE, where she continues her fight to create a better future for her fellow Saudi – one where women enjoy their rights as full citizens of their nation.

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