More than 14,000 Saudi women signed a petition to the kingdom’s Royal Court in an effort to end the internationally criticized system.
Human Rights Watch reported Saturday that women’s rights activists in the kingdom initiated a Twitter campaign to support the move, trending such hashtags as #StopEnslavingSaudiWomen, #IAmMyOwnGuardian and #TogetherToEndMaleGuardianship. Additionally, activists used social media to spread instructions on how to submit a telegram calling on the king to comply with their demands.
The petition says that Saudi women, who are being treated as legal minors based on an interpretation of the Quran, must have the right to move freely around the country and abroad, as well as make important decisions regarding their own lives, without asking a man’s permission.
“In every aspect, the important issue is to treat a woman as a full citizen,” Saudi human rights campaigner Aziza Yousef told BBC.
Source: ‘Stop enslaving Saudi women’ creates twitter storm as historic petition is filed to abolish male guardianship