#EndMaleGuardianship: Saudi Arabia: End Male Guardianship
Saudi Arabia: End Male Guardianship
Under Saudi Arabia’s discriminatory male guardianship system, every woman must have a male guardian – a father, brother, husband, or even a son – who has the authority to make a range of critical decisions on her behalf. Women are required to receive guardian approval to apply for a passport, travel outside the country, study abroad on a government scholarship, get married, or even exit prison.
In April 2017, King Salman ordered all government agencies to allow women to access any government service without a male guardian’s consent unless existing regulations require it, and that government agencies provide a list within three months of procedures that require male guardian approval.
Saudi officials should seize this opportunity to end all government-enforced male guardianship permission requirements and enact anti-discrimination legislation that would prohibit anyone from requiring women to obtain guardian permission.
The clock is ticking... End male guardianship now!