Arab women want male guardianship

Britain has called for the abolition of the Saudi system of male guardianship for women, but have the women themselves been asked what they want?

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November 14, 2013 15:44
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Veiled women in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Veiled women in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 521. (photo credit: REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser )

In a recent editorial, The Washington Post claimed that Saudi Arabia is not driving freedoms forward and as such, Britain has called for the abolition of the Saudi system of male guardianship for women.

This raises some important questions: Does Britain know that this system is built on Islamic rules? If it does know, doesn't its call represent interference in the beliefs of others and an attempt to impose Western moral views on other peoples? Does Britain know that this system exists in other Muslim countries, such as Egypt? If it knows, why has it confined its call on Saudi Arabia? And finally, do The Washington Post and Britain ask Saudi women if they like this system and whether or not they want it?

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