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