People are rallying for the rights of women in Saudi Arabia on social media using a trending hashtag to campaign against male guardianship.
Under the hashtag, #TogetherToEndMaleGuardianship, Twitter users are demanding social reform in support of the rights of Saudi Arabia women, The Independent reports.
#togethertoendmaleguardianship— Deena Ashour (@ashourda) September 2, 2016
I can't even get married if my guardian doesnt approve it. He has the choice to let me be his slave 4ever!
I stand with Saudi women #togethertoendmaleguardianship Give them the freedom to run their own lives.— Lila A (@seatypefoto) September 1, 2016
A Human Rights Watch report stated that, “In Saudi Arabia, a woman’s life is controlled by a man from birth until death. Every Saudi woman must have a male guardian, normally a father or husband, but in some cases a brother or even a son, who has the power to make a range of critical decisions on her behalf.”
Saudi women are not allowed to get married, work, or travel abroad without permission from their male guardian.
Human Rights Watch promoted the social media campaign and said, “The male guardianship system is the most significant impediment to realizing women’s rights in the country, effectively rendering adult women legal minors who cannot make key decisions for themselves.”
Although the Saudi government agreed to end male guardianship in 2009 and again in 2013, it is still being practiced in society today.
Protesting for a positive change to end sexism towards women in hopes of raising their voices is inspiring.
We can only hope that the Saudi government listens and abolishes male guardianship in Saudi Arabia for good.
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