Added by on June 7, 2018

Saudi Arabia’s male guardianship system remains the most significant impediment to women’s rights in the country despite limited reforms over the last decade. Adult women must obtain permission from a male guardian to travel abroad, marry, or be released from prison, and may be required to provide guardian consent to work or get health care. These restrictions last from birth until death, as women are, in the view of the Saudi state, permanent legal minors. Women in Saudi Arabia face formal and informal barriers when attempting to make decisions or take action without the presence or consent of a male relative. As one 25-year-old Saudi woman told Human Rights Watch, “We all have to live in the borders of the boxes our dads or husbands draw for us.” In some cases, men use the permission requirements to extort large sums of money from female dependents. https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/07/16/saudi-arabia-male-guardianship-boxes-women

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18 Comments

  • Maz Dela Cerna 2 weeks ago

    Motivating that's for sure 🙂

  • Muhammad Abdurrahim 2 weeks ago

    Westerners should stop interfering in Muslim countries affairs, it never ends well

  • HAMDAN B 2 weeks ago

    That's a lie! Mothers in Saudi are the most sacred human beings and whatever they say is a command and we cannot disobey them! No son will stop his mother from traveling.

  • Torra Hall.o 2 weeks ago

    HOW HORRIBLE WHAT A BARBARIC NATION SO GLAD I'M AMERICAN

  • omar ahmed 2 weeks ago

    انهاء ولاية الرجل على المرأة !
    عجيب

  • I don't wanna any one from outside of the country talk about us , will that was in the past ! But now I know that we need a power a really strong power to help us 💔 , in fact here the most difficult thing is to being a girl , I wish I were a man that's my biggest dream 💔 excuse my English I am still learning

  • fenkinfe - 2 weeks ago

    لا تحاولون ترقعون، القانون موجود!

  • ParisAntarktis 2 weeks ago

    cant imagine I woulad not have my freedom. But I am curious – what happens when someone has no husband and no family. Who is the "guardian" then? State? Like when children are orphans?

  • Muslimah Islam 2 weeks ago

    Just wondering why ? Do they want to travel alone?it's for the same reason they are not alowed to sorry but there is something strange about this

  • Orkideh M 2 weeks ago

    So many misogyni people are clearly offended by this video. 🙂

  • SOMAYAH MOHAMMED 2 weeks ago

    المقطع جداً رائع ومعبر بإذن الله ستسقط !

  • Obadyahu al-Qaynuqai 2 weeks ago

    Saudi women are misandrists

  • Muhammad al-Hakeem 2 weeks ago

    This whole medieval misogynistic madness is sadly true even for foreign women. Just before this video I had watched only the other video about female inmates requiring their male guardians' permission for leaving jail after serving their sentenced ("Imprisoned – End Male Guardianship in Saudi Arabia"). Then I remembered my recent brush with this Saudi Arabian system, and so looked through the other videos for one about permission for travel and work abroad, which I have found right here, but I had no idea it would depict a story so reminiscent of my mother's.

    We are Egyptians. My father died a few months ago in Saudi Arabia, so my mother, a doctor in her late fifties, has to go work there in his place to sustain me and my sister over here. Guess what? She was told to get permission to travel and work abroad from a close male relative. Only I, her only son who had just reached the age of majority a month earlier and who is still financially dependent on her (and even NEEDS her to go work there, mind you, the very thing they want my "permission" for!), fit the bill.

    You can't possibly imagine how much I wanted to bust a gut as our local notary asked me, "Do you agree that your mother travel to work there?"

    By the way, unlike the callous Saudi young man playing video games in this video, I actually did take time out of my cramming for exams to go on that errand.

  • SJWs:DIS RAYSIST!

  • Vine Swarm 2 weeks ago

    You fucking degenerates. I don't care if you personally treat your women like queen, the problem is that your government allows you to be superior to women. I don't get why you argue about that.

  • Cursed Death 2 weeks ago

    This is not the system fault, its the family problems. I never heard in
    my life that had the same story on the video. this video is so
    exaggerating and bias

  • zaker2011 2 weeks ago

    this video is 100% true

  • Zander McConnochie 2 weeks ago

    Why so many dislikes on these video? I didn't know the Saudis could muster so many trolls