Replacing the veil with a ribbon

By: Ana Milanes

Since the development of Saudi Arabia, women have experienced prejudice and a lack of equality. There are rules which separate women from men enforcing more control of the female gender. Men, on the other hand, are allowed to have up to four wives, to public talks shows teaching men how to beat their wives.

Since the development of Saudi Arabia, women have experienced prejudice and a lack of equality. There are rules which separate women from men enforcing more control of the female gender. Men, on the other hand, are allowed to have up to four wives, to public talks shows teaching men how to beat their wives.

In 2009, a young woman spoke out about being raped. To avenge this act, she was beaten 200 times. King Abdullah (since 2005) promised women change when he came into power.

Currently, Abdullah has a woman as “vice minister of government” and he even proposed religious tolerance throughout the kingdom, he wants to decrease religious fanaticism. Abdullah started the “University of Science and Technology” which is the first ever bi-gender school. A new law has also been implemented stating women no longer need a male companion, simply an ID.

In a proposal made by the Black Ribbon Campaign, women argue for the same rights to vote, inheritance, children, freedom, etc. that men have. Multiple women drove their cars in the protest even when this act was still illegal. Today, women around the world wear a black ribbon around their wrists to represent the ongoing strive for equality.

Sources:

Ginter, David. (February 28,2010) “Slow Changes to Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia”. Retrieved February 5,2011 from Global Shift. http://www.globalshift.org/2010/02/28/slow-change-to-womens-rights-in-saudi-arabia/

YouTube. (November 3, 2007). “How to Beat Your Wife”. Retrieved February 5,2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl8g8S6F3do

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