The women tweeting for their freedom in Saudi Arabia

Sep 19, 2016

By Donie O’Sullivan

Editor’s note: The names of the women featured in this report have been changed to protect their identities.

“I’m a dead soul in a living body and I hope that doesn’t happen to my little sister,” Sara, a Saudi woman, tells CNN.

Sara is one of a growing number of Saudi women who are challenging the country’s male guardianship system using social media.

In Saudi Arabia, every woman has a male guardian — often a father or husband, sometimes a brother or son — who has the power to make a range of critical decisions on their behalf.

After speaking to dozens of Saudi women, Human Rights Watch found in July that the system is “the most significant impediment to realizing women’s rights in the country.”


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3 comments on “The women tweeting for their freedom in Saudi Arabia

  • I’m just putting this here because the topic is women.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrMDjMlCkO8

    You know how us Catholic girls can be
    We make up for so much time a little too late
    I never forgot it, confusing as it was
    No fun with no guilt feelings
    The sinners, the saviors, the loverless priests
    I’ll see you next Sunday
    We all had our reasons to be there
    We all had a thing or two to learn
    We all needed something to cling to
    So we did
    I sang Alleluia in the choir
    I confessed my darkest deeds to an envious man
    My brothers they never went blind for what they did
    But I may as well have
    In the name of the Father, the Skeptic and the Son
    I had one more stupid question
    We all had our reasons to be there
    We all had a thing or two to learn
    We all needed something to cling to
    So we did
    What I learned I rejected but I believe again
    I will suffer the consequence of this inquisition
    If I jump in this fountain, will I be forgiven
    We all had our reasons to be there
    We all had a thing or two to learn
    We all needed something to cling to
    So we did
    We all had delusions in our head
    We all had our minds made up for us
    We had to believe in something
    So we did



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  • @OP – Sara is one of a growing number of Saudi women who are challenging the country’s male guardianship system using social media.

    There are also some visitors from abroad challenging Saudi restrictions on females, but apparently they still need to have their heads in a bag according to the linked picture!

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/royal-brunei-airlines-first-all-female-flight-deck-crew-lands-plane-in-saudi-arabia-where-women-are-a6931726.html
    Royal Brunei Airlines’ first all-female pilot crew lands plane in Saudi Arabia – where women are not allowed to drive

    The first ever all-female flight deck crew for Royal Brunei Airlines has operated a plane from Brunei to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

    Although it was a milestone for the airline, the pilot crew touched down in a country where women are still not allowed to drive a car.

    To mark Brunei’s National Day, which celebrates the country’s independence, Captain Sharifah Czarena Surainy Syed Hashim, Senior First Officer Dk Nadiah Pg Khashiem and Senior First Officer Sariana Nordin flew flight BI081, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, to the Middle Eastern country on 23 February.

    The occasion came just over three years after Captain Czarena became the first female captain of a flag carrier in Southeast Asia. She told The Brunei Times in 2012: “Being a pilot, people normally see it as being a male dominant occupation.”

    “As a woman, a Bruneian woman, it is such a great achievement. It’s really showing the younger generation or the girls especially that whatever they dream of, they can achieve it,” said the captain, who completed her initial pilot training at the Cabair Flying School in Cranfield.

    But the airline’s landmark voyage also highlighted the restrictions women still face in Saudi Arabia. Although there is no law that prohibits women from driving, it is a rule imposed by conservative Muslim clerics.



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  • @OP – ditor’s note: The names of the women featured in this report have been changed to protect their identities.

    It is note worthy that anyone criticising “the religion of peace”, needs their identity protecting and their whereabouts kept secret!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37465656

    A Jordanian writer charged with offending Islam after allegedly sharing a satirical cartoon on his Facebook page has been killed.

    Nahid Hattar, a Christian, was hit by three bullets outside the court in the capital Amman where he was standing trial, state news agency Petra said.

    Mr Hattar’s killer was arrested and police are investigating the killing, TV reports said.

    The writer was detained in August for 15 days on charges of insulting God.

    The cartoon he shared depicts a bearded man lying in bed with two women and smoking, asking God to bring him a drink.

    Mr Hattar was attacked on social media for being anti-Islam.

    He said he had not meant to cause offence and wanted to expose radical Islamists’ view of heaven.

    But the authorities said he had broken the law by sharing the cartoon.

    The sensibilities of those “omnipotent” god-delusions really are fragile, so they need fanatical humans to defend them!



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