Women's Rights in Saudi Arabia Essay

2059 Words Apr 14th, 2012 9 Pages
Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia

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.
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Personally, I believe that men should be showing modesty, not making unfair laws against women because they cannot control thoughts. A Saudi woman superbly explains her thoughts on the abaya:

Male culture has inflicted the abaya on women by enforcing their attitudes and

used religion to support their ideas which are derived from select interpretations

of certain verses of the Koran… [How] were women doped into this in the first

place? Men used women’s weaknesses to make them believe weak and

submissive behavior is desirable. These lovely characteristics were then dubbed

‘honor’ and ‘morals’ (Life in Black par 5)

Saudi Arabia is the only country that does not grant women the right to drive, and they are segregated from men in public places and even in the house. Women have only recently been granted the right to vote and run in the next elections. Nothing in Islam forbids women to drive, yet women must be driven around by a male driver. Saudi women are trying to voice their concerns, wants, and demands, however fear stops them. In an interview with 60 Minutes, a woman gives a tour of her house. She explains that unless guests are close relatives, men and women do not sit together in the same room. The woman expresses that she would like more freedom. She says, “I like to drive. Here, the women cannot drive. And I like here to have a

cinema… a movie. I like to be free. All

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