Saudi Man Jailed After Calling For An End To Male Guardianship


The guardianship system Saudi Arabia has in place largely restricts the rights of women, and requires females to receive permission from a male to do things such as travel, get married, and even study.

Quoting the Okaz Daily, The Express Tribune reported Tuesday that a Saudi man was fined 30,000 riyals ($8,000), and will be locked up in jail for a year after he was convicted of “inciting to end guardianship of women.”

From The Express Tribune:

He was arrested while putting up posters in mosques in al Hasa district calling for an end to the globally unique system that subjects women in the ultra-conservative kingdom to male control. During questioning, police found out that the man was also behind a wide online campaign to end the guardianship, the paper said.

The defendant admitted pinning up the posters in several mosques, saying he solely launched an “awareness campaign” after finding that some “female relatives were facing injustice at the hands of their families,” The Daily said.

The jailing of this man follows a larger anti-guardianship movement that has been growing in recent years.

According to BBC, a petition calling for the end of this system was signed by 14,000 Saudi women and was handed to the government this past September.

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