One of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard. A Norwegian woman jailed in Dubai for reporting a rape. Luckily, I've just read that she has been pardoned and is now free to go, but that it happened at all makes you think doesn't it? And not only of people from elsewhere travelling there but for the women that actually live in those countries, under those laws, all the time. Argh.
The only place I have ever travelled to where I was made to feel extremely conscious of the fact that I was a 'female traveller' is Egypt. My mum and I had read up about it (obvs.) before we went and covered ourselves wherever we went accordingly - which did absolutely nothing to stop the constant staring. This was especially the case in Cairo, where it got to the point that I didn't really want to leave the hotel. Which is ridiculous. Perhaps if I had spent longer there, I would have got used to it. I have a friend doing her year abroad in Cairo at the moment and she has had to put up with far worse, including being masturbated at. That would pretty much make me want to get on the next plane home, but she is amazing - she shrugged it off and got on with her life there. With everything going on in Egypt at the moment, I wonder how/if this sort of thing will change?
On a happier note - I've just bought this book about Jane Digby, a fantastic 19th Century female traveller to the Middle East who dealt with a lot of terrible things, and led an incredible life there. I definitely recommend reading up about her.