End Misogynistic Male Guardianship System

Target: Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia

Goal: Grant women equal rights by abolishing oppressive and sexist male guardianship system.

Thousands of Saudi Arabian women have banded together to call for an end to the country’s discriminatory male guardianship system. In Saudi Arabia, women are given far fewer rights than men. Regardless of age, women cannot travel abroad, work, or study without the consent of a male guardian (usually a husband, father, or brother). Other activities requiring a male’s permission include renting an apartment, filing a legal claim, and undergoing treatment at a hospital.

In addition to these restrictive measures, women also suffer abuse from their guardians. There are few instances in which punishment was doled out for guardians found guilty of beating their subordinates.

A recent call to end this biased system garnered more than 14,000 signatures, proving that the initiative has the support of the public. Sign the petition below to add your voice to the movement and put and end to this sexist system.


Dear Mr. Salman,

I am writing to call your attention to a massively popular movement taking place in your country. Thousands of women have called for the end of the male guardianship system, and it is time to put an end to this misogynistic and sexist means of oppressing women.

Under this system, women are essentially treated as children; they have few rights, and must obtain approval from a male guardian if they wish to travel abroad, get married, and even do things as fundamental as study and work. These male guardians are also exempt from legal action, as reported abuse and unjust punishment against women almost always goes unpunished.

As popular support shows, it is time for the male guardianship system to end. I urge you to use your power to liberate these women and grant them the same basic rights as their male counterparts.


[Your Name Here]

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