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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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Your Excellency,

I am writing in support of Saudi women and men who are petitioning for an end to the male guardianship system.

I welcome the positive steps taken by the government in recent years to lessen guardians’ control over women. However, the male guardianship system still restricts women and girls’ access to education, health care, marriage and divorce, freedom of movement, employment, and access to justice and government services.  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 strongly recommended that your government prioritize ending the system of male guardianship in order to fulfill your international legal obligations.

I join Equality Now in urging you to continue to further protect and promote the rights of women and girls, and to end the male guardianship system.  Thank you for your prompt attention.

Sincerely,

Cc: The Human Rights Commission

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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

Your Excellency,

I am writing in support of Saudi women and men who are petitioning for an end to the male guardianship system.

I welcome the positive steps taken by the government in recent years to lessen guardians’ control over women. However, the male guardianship system still restricts women and girls’ access to education, health care, marriage and divorce, freedom of movement, employment, and access to justice and government services.  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 strongly recommended that your government prioritize ending the system of male guardianship in order to fulfill your international legal obligations.

I join Equality Now in urging you to continue to further protect and promote the rights of women and girls, and to end the male guardianship system.  Thank you for your prompt attention.

Sincerely,

Cc: The Human Rights Commission

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