Thursday, March 10, 2011

Why Not Let Women Drive? Saudis Question Old Restrictions

A senior Saudi,  Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, nephew of King Abdullah has reportedly asked for answers:

"The Saudi society wants fewer foreign labourers ... so why the hesitation, why this hesitation (with women driving cars)? I want answers," he said.

Why indeed?

The benefit to men is, they will know how to be better to other men if they learn how to be better to women, too. One way to learn  more about  "gender equality"  - Saudis could watch old American movies. They could have business meetings and include women for "gender equality" and then true equality will happen down the road.

This subjugation of women is a useless old habit that is currently in the process of being dropped following the wave of social awareness sweeping through the Middle East. Let's support common sense. Let's hope men will lose old ways that are of no use now and they will  learn to work better with women.

Saudi women do not have the most basic freedoms of Western women. They cannot travel, work, get health care or meet many other basic human needs  without express  male permission. This is unacceptable in Western countries and anti-capitalistic for the large segment of the population that is female.

To create prosperity, women -- half of the population of a country -- need freedom of activity. To help a country prosper, they need money, time, freedom and gender equality.

Why do young men in Saudi Arabia have authority over younger and older women? 

Why are sisters denied opportunities equal to their brothers? 

Why not hire women if they know more and do a better job than the male competition?

Here's a fact :  subjugated Arabian women generally get hassled and abused more in their daily lives - why?

The American Human Rights Watch Group has a report entitled: Human Rights Abuses Stemming from Male Guardianship and Sex Segregation in Saudi Arabia. It documents civil rights abuses and discriminatory policies directed wholesale against women in that country. For example, Saudi Arabia is the only country that bans women from driving. 

Saudi men should let women drive, get health care, equal education, equal work environment, and get everything else a free and open country can offer. I want answers, too, please!

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