Saudi Arabia: One brave girl’s hidden voice
The wonderful Saudi Ex Muslim girl I’m speaking to is a mere 15 years old. She has had a guardian, her father, since the day she was born. She needs his permission for every virtual thing in her life, to study, go to school, travel, marry, go out of the house. As is the case for every Saudi woman. Her guardian is a related male, her father, then her husband. If not them, her uncle, nephew, son, brother or grandchild. Women without a guardian cannot even leave the house. This post is a series of questions I asked this girl
Q: What is it like to have a guardian?
A: Absolutely terrible, even downright dehumanising.
Being treated as a minor for your whole life isn’t a blessing in any way, and seeing some women brainwashed into supporting the guardianship is heartbreaking.
Q: How does it feel when you need his permission for basic things, like even to go out of your own house?
A: It makes you feel like a slave, a property that can never be treated as a normal human. I was lucky enough to have a father who is rarely home, so going out without his permission is pretty easy, i just have to deal with some reproach, so not too bad in my case.
Q: What would you say to people who claim the problem is cultural- despite the fact there are hadiths of Muhammad to say women should only do certain things, like travel, as with a mahram?
A: Islam IS their culture, they have nothing else, so both are to blame. People need to learn more about islam before making such ridiculous claims.
Q: How do you feel about the stop enslaving Saudi women campaign?
A: I’m extremely proud of my country’s women who refused to be silent about this injustice, its very empowering.
The support we are getting is overwhelming, it made me happy to see people from all around the world hearing our voices.
Q: Are you a feminist, and if so, why?
A: I’m not a feminist, I usually go by egalitarian.
Q: How do you think Saudi views women?
A: since Saudis are raised by islam, the answer is the same as the question below
Q: How do you think Islam views women?
A: It views them as property, nothing more than a sex doll and baby making machine .
It breaks my heart to hear this. I’m a big supporter of #StopEnslavingSaudiWomen, and more attention needs to be given to this campaign. For the voice of this girl, and millions more suffering in this utterly patriarchal and archaic regime.