Tuesday, March 9, 2010

International Women's Day, 2010

CDHR reiterates its unequivocal and heart-felt support for the resilient and courageous Saudi women in their noble struggle to gain their full rights and place in Saudi society and the right to become contributing citizens of their homeland. CDHR promotes:
• Removal of the denigrating male guardian system
• Full employment for women in non-segregated work places
• Equal access to all public services
• Equality in education in all fields
• The right to drive for those who choose to do so
• Free access to and full representation in the judicial system
• Full membership in local, regional and national councils
• Full protection under codified laws as opposed to being subjected to the whims and wishes of extraordinarily sectarian and unqualified men.

All of this can be accomplished by a royal decree and the following is how it can peacefully and easily be accomplished:

King Abdullah should round up his senior brothers, namely Defense Minister Sultan, Interior Minister Naif and Governor of Riyadh, Salman, chiefs of major tribes, regional governors and heads of municipalities as well as their wives and at least one daughter of each man. Line them all up in front of a large and well illuminated mural of the holy sites and declare:
• We, King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz, decree that no one should ever force any woman to drive a car, but those who wish to drive will be protected, and those who oppose this decree will be subjected to Prince Naif’s Ministry of Interior’s swift justice.
• The same decree is applicable to women’s freedom to travel, rent an apartment, buy and sell property, open and operate their businesses, attend any school of their choice and be in total control of their finances and all matters related to their health including terminating dangerous pregnancies.
• Human trafficking, child and forced marriages, honor killings, genital mutilations are absolutely unacceptable and violators will be subject to swift Saudi justice.
• The Mahram, male guardian system, is un-Islamic, illegal and incompatible with severe global economic competition.

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