Saudi Women Drivers, Pussy Riot, Pro-Hijab Activists: Five Women's Movements to Watch

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At Bustle, we’re excited about Saudi women's driving rights, Amira Osman Hamed's desire to go outside with her hair uncovered, and any number of the other women's movements taking the world by storm. Now, we know it’s fun to talk about Femen’s topless protests and latest scandals — after all, getting media attention and publicity is one of the reasons for the group’s notoriety. The group recently further expanded internationally, opening offices in the United Kingdom and in Turkey to recruit more women for its topless provocations. But what’s not clear to us is what Femen wants, other than publicity, and why the group often goes out of its way to tell women around the world that it knows what’s best for them.

So instead, we decided to bring you five other women’s movements worth watching. We don’t want to call them “feminist” because some of these groups might not identify as such. But each movement embodies a fight for women to be the primary decision-makers over what happens with their bodies and their lives, according to whatever traditions or mores they subscribe to. From imprisoned punk-rock feminists to the fight for the hijab in France, here are five battles for women’s rights that you should be paying attention to.

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