How can there be guardianship over women in a modern Saudi Arabia?

24/07/2016 (Al Arabiya News – UAE by Faisal J. Abbas*): So much has happened over the past 10 days: a terrorist attack in France on Bastille Day, a failed Turkish coup, Donald Trump officially become the Republican Party nominee and Pakistani reality star Qandeel Baloch was brutally murdered in a so-called ‘honor killing.’ As such, it may be understandable that many of us might have missed the recent Human Rights Watch (HRW) report which criticized male guardianship over women in Saudi Arabia. Loosely defined, male guardianship is a practice whereby women require the consent from their husbands or male relatives to travel, work or carry out other various activities. However, unlike most of the above mentioned disasters, the good news when it comes to the male guardianship issue is that there is actually something that can be done to resolve it. I say this with confidence because I know for a fact that much of the matter is related to outdated customs and traditions…

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2016/07/24/How-could-there-be-guardianship-over-women-in-a-modern-Saudi-Arabia-.html

*Faisal J. Abbas is the Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya English

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