For a country that strongly believes that men hold a superior power over their female counterparts when it comes to decision making, Saudi Arabia is one of the strictest countries to live in, as a woman.
In Saudi Arabia there are strict laws preventing women taking up certain roles or doing certain things in society, and you will be amazed to find out what some of these prohibitions say.
Permission to marry must be granted by your wali, or guardian. Women who seek to marry foreigners must obtain approval. Apart from this, there are other 5 things that women are not allowed to do in Saudi Arabia.
1. Cannot appear in public without wearing a black abaya:
Women in Saudi Arabia are always required to wear a black abaya when moving in public places. This is meant to protect a woman's modesty in public. The loose robe is used to cover their entire body, hair and portions of the face.
2. Cannot Go Into Certain Businesses Without Male Approval:
As a woman, getting a license to open a business in Saudi Arabia doesn't come that easy, as it is with many other countries. A woman who wants to open her own business will need the approval of two men to testify about her character before a license can be granted to her. The same applies to women who want loans.
3. Cannot Have A Fair Hearing In Court:
Bizarrely, in Saudi Arabia the legal power of a woman has been equated to that of a minor. This in turn means that she does not even have control over her own life. When it comes to court issues, the testimony of one man equals that of two women - a case which makes it almost impossible for them to have fair hearings.
4. Cannot Retain Custody Of A Child After Divorce:
Another thing that women in Saudi Arabia cannot do is to retain custody of their child or children after divorcing from their husbands. The state allows the children to stay with their father, unless he or she is a minor. For a girl child, at age nine she will be made to join her father, while for boys the age is seven.
5. Cannot Mix With Members Of The Opposite Sex In Public:
Women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to mix freely with the opposite sex in public places. There are some exceptions, though, including banks, hospitals and medical colleges.
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