Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Saudi women hold protests, try to vote

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU
 
ellenrr Donating Member (619 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 09:18 AM
Original message
Saudi women hold protests, try to vote
Source: press tv

A group of Saudi Arabian women have reportedly attempted to register for the kingdom's upcoming municipal elections, despite Riyadh's prohibition on female participation in the event. Scheduled for September 22, the polls form the kingdom's only public electoral event. The protesters said they wanted their voices to be heard and decried exclusion from the public life.

The women's applications, however, where swiftly turned down. Police dispersed a similar protest in the Eastern Province and rounded up two women. Saudi women are deprived of a choice in marriage, divorce and children's custody. They are also not allowed to drive. The females are dictated to and guarded by male relatives and cannot travel without the consent of a male guardian.

The Sunday protest came amid demonstrations across the kingdom by the jobless, demanding their share of the country's oil-driven economy and protests against Saudi Arabia's move to deploy troops in Bahrain to crack down on anti-government protesters there.

The protests rage despite a ban by the Interior Ministry on all kinds of demonstrations and public gatherings.



Read more: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/176474.html
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 09:26 AM
Response to Original message
1. Ladies and gentlemen, our 'ally.' nt
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
ck4829 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 10:05 AM
Response to Original message
2. Our "BFF". K&R.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
canuckledragger Donating Member (124 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 10:24 AM
Response to Reply #2
3. that's "Bush's BFF"
FTFY
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
FLPanhandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 10:32 AM
Response to Original message
4. Good to see them starting to stand up for themselves
It's going to be a tough fight against the religious extremists, but it's one they are going to have to engage in if they want change.

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 11:06 AM
Response to Original message
5. America went through this 100 yrs ago.
Edited on Sun Apr-24-11 11:09 AM by baldguy
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
UndertheOcean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 12:28 PM
Response to Reply #5
6. Were those American women ever in fear of being killed ?
Edited on Sun Apr-24-11 12:32 PM by UndertheOcean
Did they have to cover their bodies in tents ?

Did they need the consent of Males to travel ?

Apples and fucking "Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster".

I know moral relativism and cultural apologetics are the rage with us bleeding heart leftists .... but you cannot compare the HELLHOLE that is Saudi Arabia to anything.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
hayu_lol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 01:51 PM
Response to Reply #6
7. Women in America were similarly treated back when they were...
attempting to get the vote. They were treated with contempt by much of male society, they had no legal rights, any wealth or property they brought to marriage went immediately into the husband's name and he had total control.

Women declared insane by their husbands could be institutionalized by court order--didn't matter if they were sane or not.

Married women usually did not travel without their husbands...and that meant getting permission.

These protesting women in Saudi are really putting their lives on the line...but American women did the same.

Some people need to do some serious reading about the condition of women here at home...just one hundred years ago.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
SkyDaddy7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 02:42 PM
Response to Reply #6
8. I agree! Women may have had it bad in...
America but Saudi women are NOTHING BUT MALE BABY FACTORIES! They literally are property & nothing anyone can say changes this FACT!

I am not taking anything away from American women they had to fight like hell for equal footing to which that is still an ongoing fight...But Saudi are literally Centuries behind! SAD!

Everything that goes wrong is the Saudi woman's fault...Men bare no responsibility at all!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:53 PM
Response to Original message
9. Those women are really really brave. I wish them success and peace. nt
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
MasonJar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 06:02 PM
Response to Original message
10. The Saudis may have gotten rich when they discovered oil about
70 or so years ago, but they are still the same bunch of wandering nomads with no foot in the modern world.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
houstonintc Donating Member (202 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 07:30 PM
Response to Original message
11. Challenging argument for those women to make..
Not sure as to the intricacies of Saudi Arabian society but is it largely individualistic or collectivistic?

One of the major problems in exporting womans rights is that sometimes the culture does not a defined idea of individual rights.

Do Saudi's have rights or responsibilities?
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Thu Apr 17th 2014, 05:43 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC