As women live in Saudi Arabia
• How do women live in Saudi Arabia
Now we will talk about the life of women in Saudi Arabia. You are immediately presented themselves oppressed poor women of the East? Of course, judging by reports of human rights defenders live it is not sweet. As of 2009, the country ranks 130 th out of 134 countries on the infringement of women's rights.
In fact, everything is not so bad, and many women like that kind of life. The position of women in Saudi can be compared with the position of the child in European society. Yes, you can not vote, it is difficult to travel alone, a woman has no right to study / work / go abroad, if she did not give permission husband / relative, but in many ways life easier. Let's see if we can live with them with such restrictions.
For example, women can not drive a car. By the way, in the world of Saudi is the only country where this limitation applies. You can not, for many reasons, primarily for religious - Babskii not the case, turn the steering wheel. Professor Kamal Subhi says that if women in the country afford to drive cars in ten years there will be virgins. Another influential Sheikh Saleh Lohaydan said that if a woman is driving a car, she can have a baby with birth defects.
For many years, women fought for the right to drive, but to no avail. Although formally ban on driving there, but a woman can not be obtained then a driver's license. Many women drive a car without a license, especially in rural areas. Officially, no punishment for driving for women there. The maximum that can make the cop is to call parents or return the offending home to her husband. On the other hand, if men do not allow women to drive, they must provide a driver or taxi. It takes a lot of money and often have men themselves in order to save the king require longer allow women to get behind the wheel. too, there are many funny stories with the taxi driver. For example, a taxi driver actually "strange man", with whom a woman should not communicate. How to go? It comes to stupidity. In 2010, the adviser to the royal court and the Ministry of Justice issued a fatwa according to which the woman is obliged to breastfed driver's working on it, that it was for women mahram (relative). Thus, the driver can without violating the law to deal with a woman. The king smiled and said that he is for equal rights, but the society is not ready:
"I strongly believe in women's rights. Female My mother. My sister is a woman. Woman. My wife is a woman my daughter. I believe that the day will come when women will start to drive. In fact, if you look at the suburban area, you will find a woman behind the wheel. I think that this will be possible at the time and I believe that patience is a virtue. "
But there is good news. This year, for example, Saudi women were allowed to ride bicycles, but only in the parks.
Women in Saudi Arabia rarely work. Many professions are closed to them, such as those where it can or should associate with strange men. But gradually, the situation is improving. This year in Saudi Arabia, women are allowed to work as lawyers. At one time here wanted to build a separate women's area, where they can operate freely woman. Due to restrictions on leisure, and in Saudi Arabia, no theater, no movies, only entertainment for a woman is shopping. Women often can not get a full education as early marriage. They do not know anything, they do not really studied, they are only interested in clothes. This leads to the fact that Saudi men prefer to do society of foreign women, though it is possible for something to talk to them.
Most unpleasant restrictions on clothing. Women are required to wear a black abaya, or as a joke here - raincoats.
It is not recommended to go bareheaded. Relishiodnaya police will make sure you note. Many women are completely closed and face, leaving only his eyes. This is not mandatory, but many do it voluntarily. So it is accepted. Who wants to, can safely go like this:
The Saudi men are also almost 100% of all walk in long white shirts and anything. In general, it seems to me, it is quite convenient, it is not necessary to think, what to wear. I put on a robe and all.
By the way, before there were any wild things. In 2002, a women's school was a fire in Mecca, which killed 15 students. Moreover, they burned girls just because they were driven back into the fire when they tried to escape. The girls were dressed inappropriately. However, the religious police in Mecca guards were on the alert. fire, witnesses told then that the police even beat schoolgirls as they did not want to go back for a decent clothes. It took 8 years and in 2010, the good King Abdullah graciously allowed the fire to save from the fire "undressed" in accordance with Islamic rules of women.
All Saudi Arabia is divided into two parts - male and female. Female part delicately called "family." In any restaurant, there is a section for men and there is a section for families.
Often the restaurant even different entrances for men and women. Section for men is small, there are usually only a few tables and some cash. On the other hand input into the family section which is generally large. In restaurants, the tables are closed curtain - there women can open a person to eat. Many stores FAMILY ONLY includes entrance only for women, because there may contain "foreign" women, who can not see the man.
In many parks are only allowed women or families in supermarkets, most banks do not serve single men. Some stores have entire floors where men are not allowed. The hotels separate floors for women too often make, where the entrance is closed to men.
Sometimes the pupils of the two sexes are learning at different times, so as not to overlap. Clearly, in public transport, too rigid division. Even on the plane, if a man was given a seat next to a strange woman, then transplanted a man, not a woman. A paradoxical thing for men in social life restrictions greater than for women. In general, single man in Saudi Arabia have not sweet - half of the places closed to him.
Single men is almost impossible to rent a house. When a friend of mine lived in Riyadh, his agent went to the neighbors and ask if they are against, that next will live a bachelor. All were against. He is 4 months searched the apartment and found - on the back side of some shabby houses. Private Entrance, almost had no need to crawl under the fence to the house to visit.
Women used to be almost impossible without the support of travel and move around. Today, they are free to go without a male escort. Recently, women were even allowed unaccompanied travel abroad. But her husband's permission is necessary.
You probably want to know how young people learn here, if everything is so strictly divided? Or the old-fashioned, through relatives, sisters through or over the phone. In Saudi is very popular app, called "Who Is There?". This application is looking for people in a radius of several kilometers, and they are written, send each other pictures without the pale and acquaintances. Unfortunately, at the beginning it was not so simple. In 2007, the father killed a young girl, when I learned that she talked with a young man on Facebook. The case received wide attention and publicity in the media. Conservatives have called on the government to ban Facebook, because, according to them, the network incites lust and causes social discord, encouraging sexual confusion.
The strongest shame for a woman is the arrest of the religious police as a result of contact with a male nemahramom (not a relative). So in 2009 the two young girls after his arrest as a result of dialogue with men publicly executed in the presence of the brothers of his father. In the same year, 23-year-old unmarried woman was sentenced to one year in prison and 100 lashes for "fornication", as was the rape victim and unsuccessfully tried to have an abortion. Spanking has been postponed for the time after childbirth. But such cases there is less and less.
What a disgrace! The image of a naked woman on the street: