Human Rights, Saudi Women and Marriage

Human rights are moral principles that describe certain standards of human behavior, and are regularly protected as legal rights. They are commonly understood as inviolable fundamental rights to which a person is inherently entitled simply because she or he is a human being regardless of their nation, location, language, religion, ethnic origin or any other status. They are applicable everywhere and at every time in the sense of being universal. Human rights require empathy.

However, many Saudi women don’t have much freedom and their rights are infringed upon. The women who are married to foreigners have bad situations because they are seen as guilty. The demeaning glances, even though they are less intense now, are accompanied by verbal comments, women say. Most of them, who choose to marry a non-Saudi man, look for family stability, which should be guaranteed by the system for everyone in the country regardless of the sex of the person.

Rawan, who is married to a non-Saudi man, describes her life as chaotic. Her suffering is embodied in the fact that she has to cross the border to renew her husband’s visa. She often pictures herself as lost between borders, living in a tent in the desert. Her suffering wasn’t limited to just renewing the visa, but she can’t even register her son in kindergarten. She keeps looking for a school that will take her child without a residency visa. The sad thing is that, the child who is born from a non-Saudi man is not allowed to have a citizenship. Do you think this is fair?

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  1. ischia39 says:

    Interesting topic, and it’s sad that people can’t marry someone of their choice, but even worse when a nation causes a child to suffer as a result. Human rights….what a mission to try and improve them as every corner of the Glode seems to offer its own violations.


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