In my many years of fighting for gender equality I have never believed that criticising small steps forward persuaded the holders of power to do better, writes Margaret Prosser

I am not about to become an apologist for the policies and practices of the Saudi regime, abhorrent as many of them are. However, your editorial (The kingdom’s rulers say they are advancing women by locking them up, 22 May) misses an opportunity to encourage a more liberal approach by Saudi Arabia.

I recently visited the kingdom with a Labour parliamentary delegation. By no means were all of our meetings arranged by the Saudi government and we met many women working in a variety of roles; lecturers, doctors, one a project manager for the development of the new Riyadh metro system. We also came across many women out and about in groups, with their children, or even alone.

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