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Not being able to drive, not being able to study in certain universities or travel abroad without a male guardian’s approval, and still not being able to freely choose when or whom to marry. This is the plight of Saudi women and girls under the existing male guardianship system – and they are tired of it. Even members of the Saudi royal family agree! Speaking on the driving ban, Prince Alawaleed recently noted, “They are all unjust acts, by a traditional society, far more restrictive than what is lawfully allowed by the precepts of religion.” Saudi women want their rights, and they are directly petitioning the King for action.

TAKE ACTION! Please support by helping us renew our campaign call to end the male guardianship system!

Though the government claims that women have the right to make their own decisions about their lives, in reality it’s not true. Despite some positive steps to lessen guardians’ control over women – a law criminalizing domestic violence, 30 women appointed to the Shura Council and allowing women to vote and run as candidates in the municipal council elections – Saudi women and girls are still considered minors under the perpetual control of their male guardians. And, that guardian could be their husband, brother, uncle or even a son younger than themselves!

The system restricts women and girls’ access to education, health care, marriage and divorce, freedom of movement, employment, and access to justice and government services. Both the United Nations’ Committee on the Rights of the Child, in 2016, and governments, as part of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review, in 2013, have urged Saudi Arabia to end it.

Join us today in calling on the King and Minister of Justice to establish laws that treat women and girls as equals in Saudi society and culture. 

Please call on the Saudi government to ensure that the legal and judicial system actually reflects the government’s claim that women are not subject to male guardianship, but rather have the right to make their own decisions about their education, health care, travel, work and other aspects of daily life. 

Letters should go to:

Permanent Mission of the Kingdom to the United Nations
809 United Nations Plaza Floor 10
New York NY, 10017
United States 
Email: usmis@mofa.gov.sa
Fax: +12129834895
Phone: +12125571525

His Excellency Dr. Waleed bin Mohamed Al Samaani
Minister of Justice
University Street, Riyadh 11137
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Fax: +966114057777
Email: minister-office@moj.gov.sa

 

With a copy to:

The Human Rights Commission
P.O. Box 58889, Riyadh 11515
King Fahed Street, Building 373, Riyadh
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Email: hrc@haq-ksa.org

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Dear King Abdullah, Speaker of the Shura Council/ Minister:

As there is currently no minimum age of marriage law in Saudi Arabia, I welcome the 8 April 2013 proposal by the Saudi Ministry of Justice to introduce new regulations regarding the marriage age of girls. I understand that the draft regulations set 16 as the minimum age of marriage and propose preconditions to any marriage of a girl under the age of 16, which begin to offer protection to girls who would otherwise be married off with no restriction. I welcome these steps, which also reflect closer compliance with Saudi Arabia’s international obligations, and urge you to support their adoption and implementation without delay.

I respectfully call on you to go a step further, however, in accordance with international standards (including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child ratified by Saudi Arabia), by moving quickly to raise the minimum marriage age to 18 and by putting an end to the male guardianship system. Please also ensure there are appropriate safeguards to guarantee that a woman has a real choice in the timing of her marriage and the selection of her spouse. This will allow Saudi women and girls to enjoy their human rights and fulfill their aspirations.

I thank you for your attention.

Sincerely yours,

Cc: The Human Rights Commission email:info@hrc.gov.sa

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Not being able to drive, not being able to study in certain universities or travel abroad without a male guardian’s approval, and still not being able to freely choose when or whom to marry. This is the plight of Saudi women and girls under the existing male guardianship system – and they are tired of it. Even members of the Saudi royal family agree! Speaking on the driving ban, Prince Alawaleed recently noted, “They are all unjust acts, by a traditional society, far more restrictive than what is lawfully allowed by the precepts of religion.” Saudi women want their rights, and they are directly petitioning the King for action.

TAKE ACTION! Please support by helping us renew our campaign call to end the male guardianship system!

Though the government claims that women have the right to make their own decisions about their lives, in reality it’s not true. Despite some positive steps to lessen guardians’ control over women – a law criminalizing domestic violence, 30 women appointed to the Shura Council and allowing women to vote and run as candidates in the municipal council elections – Saudi women and girls are still considered minors under the perpetual control of their male guardians. And, that guardian could be their husband, brother, uncle or even a son younger than themselves!

The system restricts women and girls’ access to education, health care, marriage and divorce, freedom of movement, employment, and access to justice and government services. Both the United Nations’ Committee on the Rights of the Child, in 2016, and governments, as part of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review, in 2013, have urged Saudi Arabia to end it.

Join us today in calling on the King and Minister of Justice to establish laws that treat women and girls as equals in Saudi society and culture. 

Please call on the Saudi government to ensure that the legal and judicial system actually reflects the government’s claim that women are not subject to male guardianship, but rather have the right to make their own decisions about their education, health care, travel, work and other aspects of daily life. 

Letters should go to:

Permanent Mission of the Kingdom to the United Nations
809 United Nations Plaza Floor 10
New York NY, 10017
United States 
Email: usmis@mofa.gov.sa
Fax: +12129834895
Phone: +12125571525

His Excellency Dr. Waleed bin Mohamed Al Samaani
Minister of Justice
University Street, Riyadh 11137
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Fax: +966114057777
Email: minister-office@moj.gov.sa

 

With a copy to:

The Human Rights Commission
P.O. Box 58889, Riyadh 11515
King Fahed Street, Building 373, Riyadh
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Email: hrc@haq-ksa.org

Dear King Abdullah, Speaker of the Shura Council/ Minister:

As there is currently no minimum age of marriage law in Saudi Arabia, I welcome the 8 April 2013 proposal by the Saudi Ministry of Justice to introduce new regulations regarding the marriage age of girls. I understand that the draft regulations set 16 as the minimum age of marriage and propose preconditions to any marriage of a girl under the age of 16, which begin to offer protection to girls who would otherwise be married off with no restriction. I welcome these steps, which also reflect closer compliance with Saudi Arabia’s international obligations, and urge you to support their adoption and implementation without delay.

I respectfully call on you to go a step further, however, in accordance with international standards (including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child ratified by Saudi Arabia), by moving quickly to raise the minimum marriage age to 18 and by putting an end to the male guardianship system. Please also ensure there are appropriate safeguards to guarantee that a woman has a real choice in the timing of her marriage and the selection of her spouse. This will allow Saudi women and girls to enjoy their human rights and fulfill their aspirations.

I thank you for your attention.

Sincerely yours,

Cc: The Human Rights Commission email:info@hrc.gov.sa

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