Fight for your rights

by stephman on February 16, 2015 - 8:43pm

This article is about women wanting more rights in Saudi Arabia. It is about women activists who want to change the male absolute authority over women. There is a strict interpretation of the Islamic law in Saudi. It forbids women to work or travel without consent from their male guardians. It is the only country where women are not able to drive. Women have very few rights and cannot get an identification card without her guardian’s permission. They also need permission to get certain surgeries and to leave campus. Women have recently been trying to get more rights by petitioning, however, they is a much larger male presence in the Shura Concil than female. When three women recommended that it should be legal for women to drive, it was rejected.

In the article, they give an example of a women dying on campus because the paramedics were not allowed to enter since a male guardian did not accompany them. It is a serious issue when this segregation between male and female is so strong that it puts people’s lives at risk. Women to begin with should not be treated as lesser people like they do in Saudi Arabia and many other places in the Middle East. Even in Western countries, we still feel a bit of favoritism towards men, however, women have equal rights. Everywhere around the world we have advanced and women have fought for their rights. In the Middle East, it is as tough they barely try to fight for themselves. We do not hear about many female activists like those in this article. More women should fight for more rights. Since women have little to no rights, I feel as though they are scared to speak up. Men are allowed to be violent towards women in many Arab countries. I understand it can be scary, but it needs to start somewhere because this mentality will never change unless people fight for a change.

I think it is also an issue that they are enforcing these rules and basing them on their religion, Islam. These restrictions have nothing to do with religion, only their mentality. Since they are brought up in a very sexist world, men and women believe that these rules should be followed or they are too scared to speak up.  People are using religion as an excuse to be unfair and turning religion into something it is not. It is not written down that women should have no rights. They should not be treated like little children when their brain has the same capacity as men.

To think that in some countries women still have no rights is shocking. It may not feel like a real issue to Western countries because here we are allowed to drive and work. It may not touch us personally but the women in Saudi do not have a voice and will continue to live that way until they all start making a change.

The article "Saudi women demand the end of male control" is from the news site calle Al Jazeera



Your post was very informative. I was never aware of the strict laws that Saudi Arabia imposes on women. The most shocking law to me was that women are not able to drive without the presence of a man. As you explained, this segregation between men and women can lead to dangerous outcomes. The philosophical approach that you seem to be using to solve this moral dilemma is Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban’s view of cultural relativism. Cultural relativists believe that every single culture has their own distinct values and practices. They argue that another culture should not judge the principles of that separate society. Fluehr-Lobban is against this laissez-faire approach and believes that when human rights are being violated, it is our job to take a stand and intervene. This seems to be the case in your post because you explain that “their mentality” or culture is the reason behind why women are being treated so unfairly and that this “will never change unless people fight for change”. A university student passed away because paramedics were dismissed from entering the women-only campus. The student did not have the required consent from a male. These restrictions and women’s dismissiveness are apart of Saudi Arabia’s culture. However, it is violating the principles of human rights since someone's life could have been saved and we must step in to resolve this dilemma.

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