Badass Woman Of The Week: Bayan Mahmoud Al-Zahran

Bayan Mahmoud Al-Zahran became the first woman licensed to practice law in Saudi Arabia in 2013, and in 2014 she opened the kingdom’s first ever all-woman law firm. 
At the ribbon cutting of Al-Zahran's law firm

In a country that is one of the world's worst offenders of women's rights, evening banning women from driving cars, Al Zahran's accomplishment is a major step forward. 

Al Zahran worked as a legal consultant for several years before she was allowed to become a fully licensed lawyer last year, (along with four other women who are now lawyers at her firm), going on to be the first women to defend a client in the General Court of Jeddah in 2013. In January 2014. Al-Zahran opened an all female law firm with a mission to fight for the rights of local women and help courts to understand legal disputes from a female perspective. Though her firm will represent both men and women, one of its stated goals is to argue cases on behalf of Saudi women in court.

Zahran told Arab News that her law firm is ready to fight for the rights of Saudi women and relate women’s cases to the court, a task which her male counterparts at times cannot understand or handle.

“This law firm will make a difference in the history of court cases and female disputes in the kingdom. This is a very positive step toward the Saudi court and justices as right now, we are four female lawyers who got the license, but I am hopeful that in future, the number will increase.”
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