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Every Saudi woman is assigned a male guardian; guardian has power to make critical decisions on her behalf

Saudi women take to social media to challenge the practice

Saudi's top religious authority has spoken out against the campaign

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'I'm a prisoner and my crime is that I'm a Saudi woman'
01:43 - Source: CNN

Editor’s note: The names of the women featured in this report have been changed to protect their identities.

“I’m a dead soul in a living body and I hope that doesn’t happen to my little sister,” Sara, a Saudi woman, tells CNN.

Sara is one of a growing number of Saudi women who are challenging the country’s male guardianship system using social media.

In Saudi Arabia, every woman has a male guardian – often a father or husband, sometimes a brother or son – who has the power to make a range of critical decisions on their behalf.