Saudi Arabia is like a living nightmare for the Saudi women. They don’t have the right to say what’s on their mind and if they did something wrong, their punishment will be hard. However, their husband or male relatives will not be punished or lightly punished if they did something wrong. This brought up the research question: What are the women’s rights in Saudi Arabia? And what are they allowed to do and what can’t they do? Women in Saudi Arabia have been fighting for their freedom forever and they’re gaining bit by bit. However, they still have a lot to accomplish to increase the world’s attention on their current status. Before I started this research project, I barely knew anything about Saudi Arabia or the people there. All I knew was women had to wear veils wherever they go. Now, I’ve learned that women are treated badly in Saudi Arabia and how hard they’re trying to change this and end this nightmare.
Many people around the world believe that men and women should be equal. In the law of Islam, in Saudi Arabia, though, men are believed to be at a higher level and status than women are. Westerners even reflected that the respect of women in Saudi Arabia is referred as ‘gender apartheid’. To the Islam laws, women are inferior subjects and they are ‘virtually slaves’ with ‘no legal rights’. Slowly, women try to change their position in Saudi Arabia. Protests such as letting women drive – Saudi Arabia is the only country where women aren’t allowed to drive – and to having an all-female rock band, which is called the AccoLade. Not so long ago, a law was formed: women don’t have the right to vote anymore. Some excuses are there isn’t enough number of female to run a station for the women only. Also from the women’s clothing can tell that how the laws are really strict on them. Saudi women (also including some other Middle East countries) have to wear a long, black cloak called the abaya over their normal clothing. In public, one has to wear a veil at all time and may not show any part of her body to a stranger, especially to a male. When women travel or go outside, she always need a male guardian with her. So the answer to my question, What are women’s rights in Saudi Arabia? And what are they allowed doing and can’t do? is that Saudi women barely having any rights at anything and they are treated very badly. Men believe that they own the women and they can do anything to them, but the women cannot complain. Saudi women also don’t have many freedom; men relatives accompany them wherever they go. I believe that one day, Saudi women will be able to end this and can finally have the rights to talk to a man by having him look at her in the eyes and earn the respects they deserve and finally wake up from this nightmare.