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UN appoints Saudi Arabia to its women's rights commision.

April 24, 2017


Despite the fact that Women's rights in Saudi Arabia are one of the worst in the whole world, the UN has appointed it to its  women's rights commision.

Here's some basic information about Women rights in Saudi Arabia. The World Economic Forum's 2015 Global Gender Gap Report ranked Saudi Arabia 134th out of 145 countries for gender parity.

All women, regardless of age, are required to have a male guardian in Saudi Arabia and are anot allowed to do ANYTHING without a male supervising them.

Under this system, adult women must obtain permission from a male guardian—usually a husband, father, brother, or son—to travel, marry, or exit prison. They may be required to provide guardian consent in order to work or access healthcare. Women regularly face difficulty conducting a range of transactions without a male relative, from renting an apartment to filing legal claims. All women remain banned from driving cars in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Women are legally subordinate and inferior in status to men in relation to marriage, divorce, child custody and inheritance, and could not access higher education, take paid employment or travel abroad without the approval of their male guardian.

Saudi Arabia, the country to which the US, Canada, UK and other western countries exports most weapons to, was also recently re-elected to the U.N. Human Rights Council where it enjoys the right to vote on, influence and oversee numerous mechanisms, resolutions and initiatives affecting the rights of women worldwide.

Saudi authorities also continued their arbitrary arrests, trials, and convictions of peaceful dissidents. Dozens of human rights defenders and activists continued to serve long prison sentences for criticizing authorities or advocating political and rights reforms. Authorities continued to discriminate against women and religious minorities.



Sources:

https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/middle-east-and-north-africa/saudi-arabia/report-saudi-arabia/

https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2017/country-chapters/saudi-arabia


 

 

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