Target: King of Saudi Arabia Salman ibn Abd al-Aziz
Goal: Stop requiring women to get the permission of a male guardian before traveling, working, obtaining healthcare, marrying, or going to school.
Men in Saudi Arabia have total control of women’s lives as a result of guardianship laws. These laws prevent women from being able to freely live their lives without approval from their male guardian. Women in Saudi have therefore begun to petition to have these laws abolished and they are in need of international support.
Usually a woman’s guardian is her father or her husband if she is married. Having to obtain the permission of a guardian can put women at a substantial risk when it comes to obtaining healthcare. It can lessen their quality of life by lowering their chances of finding fulfilling jobs and gaining access to higher education. These laws can force women into loveless or abusive marriages or deny them the chance to be with someone they love. They are at the mercy of their keeper’s mood, personality, and will.
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women can’t drive. It is a place where women are treated by the law as inferior to men. Support women’s right to live their own independent lives by signing this petition.
Dear King Salman ibn Abd al-Aziz,
Thousands of women have petitioned you to abolish your country’s guardianship laws. It is time to do away with these antiquated laws that hurt your country’s citizens and economy. These laws endanger women’s lives by making them ask for approval before obtaining healthcare. Women are less happy because they are unable to travel or marry freely. They also restrict access to jobs and higher education which has a negative impact on the economy.
These laws prevent Saudi Arabia from fully becoming part of the modern world. They deny half of your populace basic rights. You have the power to lift this burden and make your country a healthier, happier and more productive place. End these outdated guardianship laws and lead your country forward.
[Your Name Here]
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