“You cannot assume the same starting point” for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia as Western countries, journalist Katherine Zoepf obviously understated in a September 17 presentation of her research in the doctrinaire Muslim kingdom. Zoepf’s discussion of the “not just window dressing” reform in the kingdom’s strict “gender segregation” allowing women retail jobs, though, raises important questions about Islamic “extremism” in Saudi Arabia and beyond.
Zoepf’s Washington, DC, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (Pulitzer Center) address centered on her December 2013 New Yorker article “Shopgirls.” Zoepf described therein how Saudi King Abdullah decreed in June 2011 a ban on male lingerie and cosmetic shop workers, leading the way towards other women retail positions. Though “not…immediately evident,” Zoepf wrote, a “women’s revolution has begun in Saudi Arabia.”
A “male guardian—usually a father or husband” controlling “permission to study, to travel, and to marry” makes Saudi women “effectively…legal minors.” A Saudi female doctor mentioned by Zoepf at Pulitzer Center, for example, enjoyed travel to places like Paris for medical conferences with her liberal husband’s generous permission, but after his death came under a conservative son’s strictures. Another woman under the guardianship of her brother was raising her son as a liberal future replacement.
A “devout Saudi man avoids even mentioning the names of his wife and daughters in public” and they never met the man’s friends at home in one of the world’s “most patriarchal societies,” Zoepf wrote. “You wouldn’t imagine that they live in the same homes.”
Read the rest here.
I missed posting Katherine Zoepf’s article when it was published. Please read it. I think the “reforms” will always be minor. Prejudice against women is tightly interwoven into Islamic doctrine. And Saudi Arabia, like the Islamic State, is proud to be the fruit of orthodox, pure Islam.
Plans by Saudi Arabia’s religious police to recruit women for the first time has failed because of opposition by some parties in the Muslim Gulf Kingdom, the police chief was quoted on Friday as saying.
Read the rest: Saudi Religious Police Abandon Recruitment of Women.
What a shocker! Not.
A study by Imam Muhammad Bin Saud University’s media college for women has revealed that 87 percent of female students have complained of being abused by university faculty staff.
Read the rest: 87% of Saudi Female Students Abused by University Staff
(h/t to thereligionofpeace.com)
A pastry shop in Saudi Arabia has offered its apologies after one of its employees made a cake that reportedly denigrated the moral police for tailing an open truck driven by a woman and transporting women.
Social media in Saudi Arabia, where women are banned from driving, promptly decried the cake and users said that “it was making fun of the highly respected members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice who were depicted as using a van to chase the all women truck.”
However, Sa’adeddine Sweets board member Omar Sa’adeddine said that they deplored the incident and that they fired the employee who conceptualised and made the controversial cake.
“It was an individual act by an employee who prepared the cake as requested by a female client,” he said in remarks carried by local news site Sabq on Tuesday.
“The company was not involved and we conducted a probe that resulted in firing the man who made it and the employee who took a picture. We do condemn this act even though he explained that he had acted in good faith and with good intentions.”
Read the rest: Saudi Employee Fired for Cake Decorations Showing Women Drivers. (h/t to thereligionofpeace.com)
The Saudi men are such pathetic, patriarchal tribal primitives that a cake decoration showing women driving themselves and others around “drives” them up a wall. LOL.
Two girls were murdered couple of weeks ago in the name of Karo-kari [honor killing] over marrying guys of their own choosing. The jirga (a court of elders) in its judgment ordered the boys to pay a fine of Rs2.4 million each to escape meeting the same fate.
Read more: Honor Killing of Two Girls in Pakistan. More on the Honor Killing in Pakistan
A Saudi Arabia man accused of trying to strangle his daughter for being with a man he disapproved of is scheduled to appear in provincial court in St. John’s this afternoon.
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It’s alleged Alshaek attacked the woman, who is around 20, at Ches’s Fish ‘n’ Chips restaurant on Freshwater Road on Thursday. He reportedly had his hands around the woman’s neck, leaving marks. He also reportedly threatened to kill the girl and her boyfriend.
Read the rest: Attempted Honor Killing in Saudi Arabia.
A woman died at a hospital on Tuesday from wounds suffered in a brutal beating by her husband and in-laws, police said.
“Saima, a resident of Allama Iqbal Colony, was beaten up on March 19, 2014 for not bringing in enough dowry,” D-Type Colony Station House Officer (SHO) Muhammad Usman told The Express Tribune.
He said the 26-year-old woman had been treated at Allied Hospital, Faisalabad, where she succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday.
“Saima had more than 21 body injuries according to the doctors treating her,” he said.
Read the rest: Honor Killing for Stingy Dowry.
Saudi women activists have petitioned the country’s consultative council to back a demand to curb the “absolute authority” of male guardians over women in the ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim kingdom, a signatory said.
Saudi Arabia imposes a strict interpretation of Islamic law, forbidding women to work or travel without the authorization of their male guardians.
It is also the only country in the world that bans women from driving, and a woman cannot obtain an identification card without the consent of her guardian.
Read the rest: Saudi Women Petition for Human Rights. Read more here about the unbelievable lack of basic human rights of Saudi women.
A top Saudi cleric has scolded women who visit male doctors without being accompanied by a male guardian, claiming that it is prohibited by Islam, Al-Hayat daily reported Thursday.
His remarks follow the death of a university student last week after paramedics were denied access to her campus because they were not accompanied by a male guardian, or close relative, a must according to the strict segregation rules in the Muslim kingdom.
“Women are becoming negligent in consulting doctors without a mahram (male guardian), and this is prohibited,” Al-Hayat quoted Sheikh Qays al-Mubarak, a member of the Council of Senior Ulema (Muslim scholars), as saying.
A medical check-up could include “a woman showing parts of her body to a doctor. This is not permissible… unless urgent,” he said.
Women “must seek help from a male doctor only when a female medic is not available. When this happens, they must not be alone and the doctor must only look at the pain” part of the body, he said.
The Council of Senior Ulema is the highest religious authority in the ultra-conservative kingdom.
Read the rest: Saudi Women Scolded for Going to Male Doctors
Maybe they should do what doctors do in Afghanistan.
Saudi Arabia’s feared religious police entered a public park in the Gulf Kingdom and told women to stop using swings, an act that drew applause and criticism by viewers of a picture showing the men warning some women at the swings.
The picture went viral on social networks in Saudi Arabia before it was published by newspapers showing two men from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice warning women against using the swings.
“Some viewers of the picture supported the move by the Commission members on the grounds women using the swing could encourage men to harass or molest them,” the Saudi Arabic language daily ‘ Al Sada’ said.
Read the rest: Saudi Women Not Allowed to Use Swings.
Ridiculous isn’t it? But then again can you believe a Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice? Only in Islam, the ideology of women-haters.
Saudi men believe women are to blame for the rising cases involving molestation of females on the grounds they are seduced by women’s excessive make up.
The findings were included in a survey conducted by the Riyadh-based King Abdul Aziz Centre for National Dialogue and involved 992 males and females.
The survey, carried by Saudi newspapers, found that 86.5 per cent of the men polled believe that women’s exaggeration in wearing make-up is the main cause of the rise in molestation cases in public places in the conservative Gulf Kingdom.
Read the rest: Saudi Men: Women’s Excessive Makeup Causes Sexual Abuse (h/t to Jihad Watch)
The males of the Arabic tribal honor/shame culture blame the females for their own lack of restraint and responsibility as well as their sexual immaturity. These men also learn from the Koran and the examples of Mohammed’s life that all problems involving sex are the fault of the women. Or in other words, “she was asking for it.”
Egypt is the worst country for women in the Arab world, closely followed by Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen, according to gender experts surveyed in a Thomson Reuters Foundation poll released on Tuesday.
Comoros, Oman, Kuwait, Jordan and Qatar came top of the survey, which assessed 22 Arab states on violence against women, reproductive rights, treatment of women within the family, their integration into society and attitudes towards a woman’s role in politics and the economy.
The results were drawn from answers from 336 gender experts invited to participate in an online survey by the foundation, the philanthropic arm of the news and information company Thomson Reuters, in August and September.
Questions were based on key provisions of the U.N. Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which 19 Arab states have signed or ratified.
The poll assessed violence against women, reproductive rights, treatment of women within the family, their integration into society and attitudes towards a woman’s role in politics and the economy.
Experts were asked to respond to statements and rate the importance of factors affecting women’s rights across the six categories. Their responses were converted into scores, which were averaged to create a ranking.
Read the stats on gender oppression in Islamic countries.