This piece by artist Ms. Saffaa commemorates 100 days since the creation of the #IAmMyOwnGuardian hashtag, which protests guardianship laws in Saudi Arabia. Photo courtesy of Ms. Saffaa
In 2012, an artist and activist who goes by Ms. Saffaa was finishing an honors degree at the University of Sydney when she was told by the Saudi Arabian government, which sponsored her, that she needed to live with a male guardian to supervise her.
A battle is brewing among Saudi women over the touchy issue of male guardianship. Pressure from outside the country has been building to abolish the laws, and female activists have led the charge.
Human Rights Watch has published a comprehensive report on the effects of male guardianship on women in Saudi Arabia.
The male guardianship system in Saudi Arabia is “the most significant impediment to realizing women’s rights in the country” and effectively renders adult women legal minors, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch. Despit...
More than 14,000 Saudi women have signed a petition advocating for an end to their country’s male guardianship laws. In Saudi Arabia, women are required to have male consent to travel outside the country. Without permission from a f...