Target: Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia
Goal: Allow girls to participate in sports in both schools and competitively without discrimination
A recent discussion between Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council and the Ministry of Education has prompted the possibility of bringing sports to girls. In Saudi Arabia, girls are heavily discriminated and are restricted from sports, while men have free access. This treatment of girls and women must stop. Sign this petition and urge the Ministry of Education to draw up plans for incorporating sports into a girl’s education.
Currently, the only obstacle standing in the way of granting girls permission to play sports is that laws have not yet been drafted to do so. The Ministry of Education has to draft and plan regulations, and hopefully it will do so without discriminating against girls. The Council voted overwhelmingly towards implementing sports for girls because of its many physical and mental benefits.
In May 2013, Saudi authorities voted that girls in private schools could play in sports as long as they are wore “decent clothing” and were supervised by female Saudi Arabian instructors within the tight regulations imposed by the Ministry of Education. After much debate and discussion, Saudi Arabia also allowed two female athletes to compete in the London Olympics of 2012. And reluctantly, in March 2013 authorities began licensing private gyms that allowed women to work out.
But Saudi Arabia is the only nation in the world that prohibits girls from participating in sports in government schools. Women are also not allowed to participate in sports in state schools, be represented in national sports, and the government will not fund any sports competitions that have women in them. If the government would allow sports into government schools, it would help bring equality to Saudi Arabia. Sign this petition and urge the Ministry of Education to work quickly to devise plans for physical education.
Dear Ministry of Education,
I am writing to urge you to quickly draft regulations for physical education for girls in your country. As you are well aware, there are many physical and mental benefits to exercising, and women in your country are missing out. Men shouldn’t solely have the right to physical education, nor should facilities and sports programs be solely theirs. This treatment is discriminatory and highlights the restrictions women face in Saudi Arabia.
I also ask that when you draw up these regulations you give women the same amount of funding, freedom, and opportunities as men in your country. I see that your country is slowly adopting sports programs for women, and this is highly commendable. Please continue on this path so women can enjoy the benefits of exercise alongside men.
[Your Name Here]
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