Women in Saudi Arabia

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Frederick Akoun
ENGL 102
Aaron Percich
December 6th, 2011

Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia One of the most driving forces in the world today is the issue of power and who should have it or not have it. Power relates to rights and applies to both males and females alike. Power transcends to human rights and the free will to do as a person wants to do as long as it’s within the boundaries of the rules and regulations that govern a particular place. However, we know that power has been held by an overwhelming majority by males which has led to women being deprived of some of the basic privileges that should be afforded to every human being. There have been varying reasons why women’s rights and privileges have been denied ranging from their biological inferiority to religious reasons. Saudi Arabia is known as the birthplace of Islam. Consequentially, the country adheres to a strict interpretation of Islamic religious law called the Sharia. For example, in Saudi Arabia, men and women are not permitted to attend public events together. Furthermore, men and women are segregated in the work place with men getting finer office spaces and women getting offices that alienate them from public view. In Saudi Arabia, there is an obvious divide of gender roles where men basically have majority of the power while women are afforded very limited rights (Mackey 10). I will be evaluating women’s rights in Saudi Arabia to show how they are denied their basic rights as human beings like economic rights, marriage, and purdah (concepts for separation of men and women) as well as analyze how changes to their unequal treatment (compared to men) can be implemented. Proponents of the continued mistreatment of women in Saudi Arabia argue that such a treatment is sanctioned by the Koran. Anthony Giddens (who is a well renowned British sociologist) says “in most western countries,…...

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