CDHR’s Analysis: The institutionalized destructive gender segregation (Gender Apartheid system) in Saudi Arabia has resulted in a multitude of social, political, educational and economic impediments to national unity, productivity, constructive competitiveness, religious tolerance and human development. However, Saudi women are the targets of the brutal, politically and economically instigated gender segregation system.
In a tragic crime similar to the case of the wrenching gang-raped Bint Al-Qatif, (daughter of Qatif), Saudi women can be punished for being raped while sitting in public negotiating the return of photos they gave to men they trust but who, in turn, threaten to use the photos given to them out of love to blackmail the givers.
Saudi women are an easy target for men’s heinous aggression because of the Saudi male dominated institutions, especially the arbitrary Saudi religious courts which are staffed by men who consider women less than full human beings and responsible for luring men to assault them.
However, women are not only rejecting the imposition of men’s control over their lives and livelihood; they have also become the most outspoken citizens against social injustices, discriminatory policies, intolerance, inequality and government’s inconsistent domestic and foreign policies regarding human rights.
What the international community, especially in the West, does not seem to understand and appreciate is the fact that Saudi women’s rights cannot be achieved without defeating the forces of darkness in Saudi society, namely the religious extremists.