Rahaf Alqunun, still a teen at 18 years old, has demonstrated a huge amount of courage fleeing from her country and her family in Saudi Arabia.
She has sent out desperate pleas over social media. “I’m Rahaf... formally seeking a refugee status to any country that would protect me from getting harmed or killed due to leaving my religion and torture from my family.”
She is now seeking asylum in Australia / Canada / United States / United Kingdom to escape from abuse. She is now currently under some protection in Thailand, waiting on a humanitarian visa to Australia.
As a global Secret Sisterhood, we will look after her once she arrives safely, but we need help to make sure she has resettlement and protection funds. Because her story has gained worldwide attention these funds are needed for her to set up safely in a new country.
Rahaf has become a worldwide symbol of women trying to escape oppression, please help save her life and spread the word.
Rahaf al-Qunun Twitter
"Saudi teenager could escape to Australia." - News.com.au
"Saudi teen who fled family under protection of UNHCR." - CNN News
"Rahaf Alqunun 'was terrified', says reported who was locked in room with Saudi asylum seeker." - ABC News
"Saudi teen detained in Bangkok could realise her dream living in Australia." - Sydney Morning Herald Australia
Secret Sisterhood is a women’s movement that empowers, uplifts and inspires women globally. We have been moved by her plight and her bravery so have set up this GoFundMe page to help her.
Secret Sisterhood will be withdrawing the funds and sent to her close friend in Canada.
We have had some rumours claiming this GoFundMe page is not real. We can confirm that this is definitely a REAL campaign. We have had major press/ media about the fundraising today. We are currently trying to get in contact with Rahaf, her situation is making it quite difficult, so until we do, GoFundMe is holding the funds, so it can be given to her directly.
Here are some news articles about how we have tried to get media to support the fundraising:
Secret Sisterhood is a women's empowerment movement that has been running for over two years now. We give 100% of our profits to women's causes and want to spread awareness around the world for gender equality. When we heard about Rahaf's story we knew we needed to try and help her in some way.
Your support will mean so much to Rahaf, she truly has become an icon for women escaping oppression around the world.