Allow us to travel, rent a property: women seek to abolish male guardianship law in Saudi Arabia

Allow us to travel, rent a property: women seek to abolish male guardianship law in Saudi Arabia

Having got the right to vote in Saudi Arabia, women now seek to be treated as full citizen of the country. In a landmark move, ladies have put together the first-ever petition asking the government to abolish the country's controversial male guardianship law.

Currently, a woman must be accompanied by a male relative - typically her husband, father or brother - when leaving the house, even when running simple errands.

She also needs permission from a man to marry, travel abroad, rent a property, and obtain a passport.

Over 14,500 women have signed the unprecedented petition, which will now be put before the Saudi government.

"Women should be treated as a full citizen," activist Aziza Al Yousuf, who delivered the petition to the Royal Court on Monday, told media.

"This is not only a women's issue, this is also putting pressure on normal men … this is not an issue for women only."
 

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