Wome's Rights in Saudi Arabia

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This research will review women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. 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’s rights. I interviewed Dr.Noura al-Ajlan a member in the Saudi Human Rights Organization, in order to explore the problem in Saudi Arabia.

A- Introduction:
The way media presents Kingdom of Saudi Arabia …………………3 •Brief history of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia …………………………..4

B- Body:
i.Subtopic 1:
Women’s education………………………………………….4 •Example……………………………………………………...5

ii.Subtopic 2:
Women’s driving…………………………………………….5 •Example……………………………………………………..5

iii.Subtopic 3:
Women’s employment……………………………………….5

iv.Survey paragraph……………………………………………………6

v.Interview paragraph…………………………………………………7

C- Conclusion
Summary……………………………………………………7

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has successfully proven its presence to other countries and is by being one of the few fast growing countries around the world. Throughout time it has managed to develop in many sectors in a short time such as: education, health and technology. However, if we look at the media and the image it is presenting to the world about Saudi Arabia, a negative image of the country will be found as it faces many accusations such as it being a terrorist country. Most of what the media shows is not true, however there is truth behind what media shows. An issue they constantly bring up is human rights in Saudi Arabia and more specifically women's rights. The media keeps focusing the light on certain questions such as "why can't Saudi women drive?", or "how come men in Saudi get to vote while women can't" or "why do Saudi women need their legal guardian's approval to travel?” this endless questioning is always brought up by the media as an approach to understand how the social and legal systems work within the country. Expressing feminist ideas and showing interest in social change would create great confusion in the community. In Saudi Arabia, human rights are based on Sharia religious laws . Therefore, many Muslims oppose women’s rights because their own interpretation of Islam is made by men for men to continue men’s power and their preferred lifestyle. Women’s rights in Saudi Arabia is an issue that cannot be comfortably discussed publicly as it is a very sensitive topic in the Middle East in general and Saudi Arabia in particular because most Saudis are conservative and religious; they respect religious figures and authorities and fear them. Sadly, Islam gave females power and dignity, but some extremists will only remember and repeat what is beneficial for them. Since Saudi Arabia is ruled by Sharia laws, some people misuse religion to undermine women’s rights, however women’s rights need to be understood from the Islamic perspective and more opportunities granted to women. In the early years in Saudi Arabia, official education was only granted to male students. Years after that, and in 1948, the first educational establishment for girls was founded in Mecca. In 1969 my mother had to fly to Kuwait to continue her post-secondary education because there weren’t any Universities in Riyadh – the capital of Saudi Arabia -.The idea of Human Rights is highly respected and recognized worldwide to protect the rights and freedom that each person must have. The first independent human rights organization in Saudi Arabia, the “National Society for Human Rights”, was established in 2004. In 2008, the Shura Council ratified the “Arab Charter on Human Rights”. All Saudi women -regardless of their age age- are required to have a male guardian. The "Guardianship" policy demands that women acquire their male guardian's permission in order for them to complete several daily activities such...
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