Hello. Today I’d like to pay your attention to problem with human rights. I have no doubt you know a lot about this subject, so all I want to do is just to remind you few things about this problem or simply to update your knowledge about recent happenings. Strictly speaking I’m going to focus on problem with women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. But first of all let me introduce you to the topic.
There’s a lot of countries like North Korea or China, where authorities don’t comply with human rights. We don’t even have to seek for those countries far away. Behind polish east border there are e.g. Belarus, Ukraine or Russia, where this problem is common too. There are limits to the freedom of speech, freedom of the press or freedom of conscience. Sometimes people are not allowed to choose religion or their own believes, and if they do choose, then they have to die for their choices. Political liberty is abridged or doesn’t exist. People are killed, go to prisons, their property is seized- all of that in the majesty of law. On the other hand there’s a lot of organizations and other centers which are trying to deal with this problem. All of us have heard about Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch. You don’t have to be interested in this issue to have knowledge. Media gives us a lot of new facts every single day. One of them inspirited me to this presentation. Let’s leave general thoughts and focus on subject which I found worth talking over. In my opinion one of the most interesting and probably difficult aspects of this problem is question about women’s rights in countries, where culture is determined by religion. This problem especially relates to Middle East, African and Asian countries, such as Kurdistan, Jordan, Afghanistan and so on. Saudi Arabia is one of them too. In this matter, connection with Islam is inappreciable. According to the Guardian, the Saudi Arabia government is about to enforce changes in law, which allow only women work in stores with...
...Women’sRights in SaudiArabia
Being born and raised in America, I and many other Americans have been taught that we live in a country of freedom. Women and men are treated equally; every human being has rights, and you have the freedom to move at will and without restrictions. Women have come a long way in our country, gaining rights ever since the dawn of patriarchy and proving that they are just as good as men with the ability to think, speak, and act for themselves. However, discrimination of women still exists in America and many other countries, but women are taking a stand and trying to eliminate the inequality between genders, such as the difference in salaries, and the bad representation of and portrayal of women in the media. Women are even overcoming gender roles and in the household, especially recently due to the economy. We have seen husbands stay at home to take care of the kids and house while their wives go to work. Although America is not nearly free of discrimination, we are working to eliminate it. Other countries, especially in the Middle East, heavily oppress their women. The most recognized of them is SaudiArabia. SaudiArabia is a Middle Eastern country which is home to the holy city of Mecca, where Muslims from all over the world go for pilgrimage. SaudiArabia is a very...
Women’sRights in SaudiArabia
While researching information about women’srights in SaudiArabia, I found a few articles that confirm that the Saudi guardianship system continues to treat women as minors. These articles contain valuable information about the requirements for women in the conservative Kingdom. Under these requirements, girls and women are forbidden from studying, work, or even traveling without the permission from their male guardian. While many women are fighting for their rights, there is evidence that some women in SaudiArabia do not want change because of the fear. My goal is to make a big impact in the world, in order to help these women, who deserve to be treated as human beings.
In Saudi culture, the sharia is interpreted according to a strict Sunni form known as the way of the Salaf. The law is unwritten, leaving judges with significant discretionary power, which they usually exercise in favor of tribal customs. “It’s the culture, not the religion,” is a Saudi saying. Many Saudis do not see Islam as the main impediment to women’srights. Said one female journalist, “If the Qur’an does not address the subject, then the clerics will err on the side of caution and make it haram. The...
...the capital city of SaudiArabia.
It is located slightly east of the center of the country in the heart of the Tuwaig long cliff. If you do not know a lot about SaudiArabia here is some facts; SaudiArabia is an exclusively Islamic (Muslim) kingdom and Islam governs nearly every aspect of life. The public practice of any form of religion other than Islam which is prohibited in SaudiArabia. Mecca and Medina are the two holiest cities of Islam. It is strictly forbidden to all non-Muslims, access to the outskirts of Medina is allowed. The Saudis are dignified and hospitable people. Work and social life are strictly divided by sex. Outside the family circle the sexes do not mix at all.
I was told that SaudiArabia would not be an easy country to live in. Despite aspiring to be a modern country and one of the richest countries in the world, SaudiArabia still has one of the most traditional societies. As any Islamic country, cultural life in SaudiArabia has to be in agreement with strict interpretations of the Quran. However, I was completely surprised to see how strict and intimidated SaudiArabia could be for women. The civil rights for women in SaudiArabia are very limited.
...This research will review women’srights in SaudiArabia. This research will show how Saudi women can not complete simple daily activities because of their limited rights. I have conducted an online survey that showed what are the obstacles that Saudi women face. At the same time I received very shocking and surprising results which promise an upcoming brighter future for women’srights. I interviewed Dr.Noura al-Ajlan a member in the Saudi Human Rights Organization, in order to explore the problem in SaudiArabia.
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• Brief history of Kingdom of SaudiArabia …………………………..4
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The Kingdom of SaudiArabia has successfully proven its presence to other countries and is by being one of the few fast growing...
...The Rights of Women in SaudiArabia
By Shanelle Topp
“Women’srights are human rights” is an important message which Plan Canada’s “Because I am a Girl” campaign has adopted. The rights of women around the world have an effect on everybody in the world, including males. According to the Global Gender Gap Report 2009 the Kingdom of SaudiArabia ranked 130th out of 134 countries on the Global Gender Gap Index in 2009 (Hausmann, Tyson, & Zahidi, 2009). In SaudiArabia, women are often suppressed in society and are noted as having the rights of minors. Saudi women are subject to unjust laws, sexist family code, and tainted education systems. This systemic inequality towards women must change.
Many of the so-called laws in SaudiArabia are in fact not written laws. Often individual judges use their own discretion when punishing people for their crimes as based upon Sharia. Sharia is defined by Oxford dictionary as “Islamic canonical law based on the teachings of the Koran and the traditions of the Prophet (Hadith and Sunna), prescribing both religious and secular duties and sometimes retributive penalties for law breaking.” This can often lead to rulings that follow archaic religious rituals; although it should be noted that Sharia in itself is not sexist, but...
... This is just an example of what women in living in SaudiArabia can face a life lived without the benefit of some of the most basic human rights. Because of this dire situation, where women live in danger daily and are denied rights recognized as universal, it is imperative the United Nations work in conjunction with its member nations in an effort to improvewomen’srights in SaudiArabia.
In SaudiArabia, the closest ally of the United States in the Middle East, women are unable to study, work, travel, marry, testify in court, legalise a contract or undergo any medical treatment without the consent of a close male relative (“Our Women”). The consent of the mehram their male guardian is necessary to perform even the most basic of actions, including even stepping foot outside the home (Black). Saudi women are prohibited from driving an automobile by law, even with consent (Black). There are no written statutes mandating this guardianship, but in SaudiArabia, Sharia law the religious law of Islam overrides all other rules, a practice developed from the ultraconservative Wahhabi interpretations of Muslim scripture (“Our Women”). The proponents of this extremist policy point to a passage in the Koran that states men are "protectors and keepers of women" (“Our Women”)....
...The Lack of Women’sRights in SaudiArabiaSaudiArabia is a monarchy that strictly obliges their citizens to comply with the constitution, with the laws of Islam as its foundation. However, the laws in SaudiArabia were created in accordance to how the kingdom’s councils’ interpreted the Qur’an, Islam’s holy book. According to the council, equality between women and men is against the laws of God and the law of nature dictated by women’s physiology. These beliefs positioned women in SaudiArabia subservient to men as restrictions are strictly applied on their way of living. Women in the kingdom live under constant legal and cultural prohibitions, whether in the family or outside their homes. Some of these are the requirement to veil women, the inferior education provided to women, and the lack of freedom of movement.
According to Laura Kaya in Polygamy and Law in Contemporary SaudiArabia, in order to keep modesty for both women and men, women were required to veil themselves (698). It is said that the concept of veiling does not only protect women’s modesty by being able to reserve their physical appearance solely for their spouse, but it also protects men’s modesty by keeping their minds off impure and lustful thoughts. Women are required to cover their...
Stuck at a Red Light
ASMAA AL-MOHAMED Journalist and Women’sRights Activist; Online Editor for Al Arabiya; SaudiArabia
PERHAPS NOWHERE IN THE WORLD do women lead a stranger life than in the Kingdom of SaudiArabia. Saudi women constantly endure being treated like secondclass citizens, even as men refer to them as “well-kept pearls and hidden treasures.” Despite everything said about the importance of women, women’srights are still a chink in the Saudi state’s armor, and one of the most hotly debated, yet murkiest, topics in the country. It is difﬁcult to even prioritize the long list of challenges facing Saudi women, which range from their political and legal disenfranchisement, to their curtailed liberties and restraints imposed by their legal guardians. The humanitarian crises facing women in SaudiArabia are extreme and there is often limited recourse for women who have suffered sexual abuse or rape. However, this article will primarily focus on those offenses that are permissible, not just in practice, but also under the Saudi legal framework. Struggling by Neighborhood Standards Glancing at the countries bordering SaudiArabia, which share similar customs, traditions and...