Pe­ti­tion seeks ‘full rights’ for Saudi women

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THOU­SANDS of Saudis have signed a pe­ti­tion urg­ing an end to the guardian­ship sys­tem giv­ing men con­trol over the work, study and even travel of fe­male rel­a­tives, an ac­tivist said.

The pe­ti­tion calls for the king­dom’s women to be treated “as a full cit­i­zen, and de­cide an age where she will be an adult and will be re­spon­si­ble for her own acts”, said cam­paigner Az­iza Al-Yousef.

The re­tired univer­sity pro­fes­sor told AFP that she had tried un­suc­cess­fully to de­liver the pe­ti­tion with 14,700 names to the Royal Court on Septem­ber 26.

The ac­tivists will now send it by mail as re­quested.

Saudi Ara­bia has the world’s tight­est re­stric­tions on women and is the only coun­try where they are not al­lowed to drive.

Un­der the guardian­ship sys­tem a male fam­ily mem­ber must grant per­mis­sion for a woman’s study, travel and other ac­tiv­i­ties. –

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