Saudi Women File First-ever Petition To End Male Guardianship of Women

We are all aware of the Saudi Arabia’s strict laws. It has some of the world’s tightest restrictions on women, and is the only country where they are not allowed to drive. There is also a law where women cannot independently travel, marry, rent a flat or do medical procedures without a male guardian.

To end this oppressive law, thousands of Saudis have signed an online petition sent to the kingdom government which prevents women from engaging in life’s tasks without the permission of a male guardian – typically the woman’s father, brother or husband.

The petition calls for the kingdom’s women to be treated “as a full citizen, and decide an age where she will be an adult and will be responsible for her own acts”, said campaigner Aziza Al- Yousef of Riyadh.


“This is not only a women’s issue, this is also putting pressure on normal men … this is not an issue for women only,” she told the Guardian.

This movement started after Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a blistering report on the system.The report gave birth to a hashtag #IAmMyOwnGuardian, which spread awareness on the issue & gained support among women of all ages and backgrounds.

Even the reputed male of the country have come forward to support & end this oppressive law. The law is a governmental law & does not have a conflict with Islam so should be ended soon.

Written by Jenifer Sayyed

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Dr. Jenifer Sayyed is a medical doctor by profession, with an interest in religious views.