Women in Saudi Arabia will not need a male guardian’s approval to run or vote in municipal elections in 2015, when women will also run for office for the first time, a Saudi official said.
The change signifies a step forward in easing the kingdom’s restrictions against women, but it falls far short of what some Saudi reformers are calling for.[…]
Despite the historic decision by the king to allow women the right to participate in the country’s only open elections, male guardian laws in Saudi Arabia remain largely unchanged. Women cannot travel, work, study abroad, marry, get divorced or gain admittance to a public hospital without permission from a male guardian. […]
The male guardianship laws are particularly stifling for women, Saudi female activist Wajeha al-Hawidar said. “These laws make the woman like a child in all aspects of her life. She is not dealt with as an adult with a fully developed brain,” al-Hawidar said.
The restrictions are practically all-encompassing. Saudi women cannot study abroad unless a male guardian approves and accompanies them throughout their studies. Government-run hospitals are allowed to perform surgery on women only with approval from a male guardian, except in emergencies. Male guardians in Saudi Arabia are allowed to remove their daughters or sisters from school at any time. In the case that a father, uncle or brother is not available, mothers turn to their sons for approval to work or travel.
It’s Sunna according to hadith of Bukhari and Muslim that women can’t make trips longer than two days with out the accompaniment of a male family member.
Okay, but what about zipping out to the grocery store or to the mall to go shopping or to the coffee shop to meet a friend (another female, or course)? It turns out the Saudis want their wives to emulate the wives of Mohammed he is the pattern for all men. And here’s what the Koran 33:32-33 says about their behavior:
O wives of the Prophet! You are not like any other women. If you keep your duty (to Allah), then be not soft in speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease (of hypocrisy, or evil desire for adultery, etc.) should be moved with desire, but speak in an honourable manner.
And stay in your houses, and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance, and perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat), and give Zakat and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah wishes only to remove Ar-Rijs (evil deeds and sins, etc.) from you, O members of the family (of the Prophet ), and to purify you with a thorough purification.
Here’s what Rania al-Baz, the newsperson in Saudi Arabia who was beaten almost to death by her husband, said about the lack of rights in this misogynistic primitive culture.
“The structure of [Arabian] society – the fact that a woman cannot drive or travel without authorization, for example, gives a special sense of strength to the man. And this strength is directly connected to the violence. It creates a sense of immunity; that he can do whatever he wants, without sanction.”
Of course this sanction is from Islam. HERE’s a summation, taken from the Koran and Sunna, of the differences between the genders in this complete ideology of culture, religion and politics.
But don’t give up on the Saudi women. They can be pistols. So I hope in my lifetime to see pictures of them driving down the road talking and laughing, heading to the coffee shop for a simple pleasure of life.