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Aneta Ciepiela

on 9 January 2013

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Guardianship laws have existed since the beginning of Arabian culture and have allowed for female oppression to develop in Saudi Arabia. Many people have the false impression that religion is to blame for women's oppression. In reality, the government and culture of Saudi Arabia
are the cause of these guardianship laws. Women are not allowed to learn about their rights, and cannot do many things Americans take for granted. travel work learn choice in marriage They face discrimination and both physical and
sexual abuse, and are prohibited to find justice
through the courts system. only country in the world that prohibits women from driving Samara Badawi's story "When I was alone, I would remember the injustice, from my father, from the judge who was horrible to me." "I would remember my son. I would remember how even society didn't spare me -- I was insulted a lot and despite the insults, I stayed quiet, I didn't respond. In these moments I would cry." Samia's story "Immediately after I stepped out of court, [my father] took me home and beat me, and locked me up in my room for three months," "I'm still dreaming," These limitations do not allow them
to fully contribute to society,
both economically and socially. Some believe women are "lucky to be looked after and that guardianship reinforces the family as a foundation of society." The Problem:
Women in Saudi Arabia do not have the control of their own lives. do not have the right to make decisions having to do with their work, marriage, education, and travel often results in physical and sexual abuse without women contributing to society, Saudi Arabia cannot reach it's ultimate potential economically and socially The Goal? for women to be given the freedom to become their own guardians, restoring their basic human rights. Solutions? Haifa al Mansour, first female film director in Saudi Arabia Dana Bakdounis, advocator of women's rights in Saudi Arabia Dr. Hanan Ali al-Subeai, woman pioneer working in the medical field Sarah Attar first Saudi Arabian woman to compete in the Olympics at track and field Many justify that it is tradition for women to be "property" to men. The progression of women's right starts internally
with the confidence of Saudi Arabian women.

The government and the King are gradually becoming
more open to women's rights,
allowing women to vote in 2015 election Saudi Arabia prohibits women to vote. 0% of the government is women Carmen Bin Laden's story “Socially, Saudi Arabia is medieval, dark with sin and interdiction. [It] is ferocious in its enforcement of a stark and ancient social code.” -Carmen Bin Laden

“[My father in law's] favorite wife lived with him in the big house in Jeddah, and he rotated nights as he pleased with other wives." Manal Al Sharif's story: “One boy said to him ‘I saw your mother on Facebook, but you and your mother should be in prison' "
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