Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: Saudi FM says 'be patient' on women's rights

  1. #1
    Senior Member Amjad Hussain's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Pakistan Pakistan

    Saudi FM says 'be patient' on women's rights

    MUNICH: Saudi Arabia's foreign minister defended his country's treatment of women on Friday, saying it had made progress on female education but would take time to let them drive cars.

    "When it comes to issues like women's driving, this is not a religious issue, it's a societal issue," Adel al-Jubeir told an audience at the Munich Security Conference.

    He said it was unfair to fixate on the issue of women drivers, given the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom's efforts to educate girls.

    "We went from no schools for women in 1960 to universal education, to where today 55 percent of college students are women," said Jubeir.

    "Some of our top doctors and engineers and lawyers and business people are women. The issue is one that is evolving just like it is in other countries."

    He compared Saudi Arabia to the United States, arguing that it took 100 years after America's independence before women were given the right to vote, and another 100 years for it to elect its first female parliamentary speaker.

    "I'm not saying 'Give us 200 years'. I'm saying 'be patient'," said Jubeir.

    "We hope that in the modern world with technology and communications that this process is accelerated, but things take time. We can't expect to rush things."

    Restrictions in Saudi Arabia remain some of the toughest in the world with women forced to cover themselves in black from head to toe in public.

    For the first time in December women were allowed to stand for election to local councils.

    Human Rights Watch has criticised Saudi Arabia's male guardianship system which forbids women "from obtaining a passport, marrying, travelling, or accessing higher education without the approval of a male guardian".
    The Following User Says Thank You to Amjad Hussain For This Useful Post: Pak92

  2. #2
    Senior Member Pak92's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Pakistan Pakistan

    Re: Saudi FM says 'be patient' on women's rights

    Shut up women and be patient for another 50 years or else!!!!

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 28th October 2014, 17:45
  2. Replies: 61
    Last Post: 4th January 2014, 09:26
  3. Women’s rights: Two steps backwards
    By Khanda in forum Social & Cultural Dynamics
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 25th August 2013, 05:41
  4. Afghanistan MPs to debate law on women's rights
    By KingKong in forum Afghanistan Affairs
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 18th May 2013, 07:03
  5. Women’s rights and US propaganda
    By Superkaif in forum U.S. Affairs
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 5th April 2013, 17:57


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Join us on twitter Follow us on twitter