05 August 2016

Saudi women launch Twitter campaign demanding end to male guardianship

The plight of women in Saudi Arabia is no secret matter with women still prohibited from making independent decisions without the supervision and/or permission of their legal male guardians. Now, scores of Saudi women are taking to Twitter to demand the end of the male guardianship system with the #TogetherToEndMaleGuardianship hashtag.

The social media campaign was promoted by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and is aimed at highlighting the oppressive and prohibitive nature of the guardianship system. Over 170,000 tweets in both English and Arabic have been posted, Voactiv reported.

"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," HRW said in its report. [International Business Times] Read more