Stand with Saudi Women Against Patriarchal Laws

Saudi women walk inside the Faysalia shopping centre in Riyadh

Target: King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Goal: Put an end to oppressive male guardianship laws in Saudi Arabia.

Thousands of women in Saudi Arabia have been vocally protesting the country’s oppressive and sexist male guardianship laws, but the government has so far done little to respond. Sign the petition and add your voice to the thousands already calling for women to be treated as competent adults.

A number of laws in Saudi Arabia prevent women from pursuing independent interests or activities, instead requiring women to obtain permission from a father, husband, brother, or other male guardian for events like getting a passport, traveling outside the country, getting married, owning property, or being admitted to the hospital. Some employers even refuse to hire women without the permission of a male guardian, although there is no law that enforces this custom.

Women in Saudi Arabia have long been protesting these oppressive restrictions, and the Saudi government has promised change several times while delivering very little. With its recent announcement of the Vision 2030 program, the government once again paid lip service to the idea of expanding women’s rights while shifting the reality of them to a date in the far-distant future.

The time for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia is now. Sign the petition to add your voice to the many brave voices of Saudi Arabia’s women calling for change.


Your Majesty,

Women’s rights are an integral facet of human rights, yet they are often ignored in Saudi Arabia. I urge you to listen to Saudi women and to acquiesce to their very basic demand: the right to be treated as competent adults capable of making their own decisions.

Women in Saudi Arabia are prevented from pursuing their own destinies by oppressive laws that prevent them from owning property, marrying, traveling, and even seeking medical care without the approval of a male guardian. Some women are even barred from jobs unless they can get a guardian’s permission to take the offer. In maintaining these laws, Saudi Arabia is limiting half its population, banishing some of its brightest minds to the narrow confines of oppressive femininity.

Women are adults capable of thoughtful consideration, careful planning, and independent thought. They deserve to be treated as such, not infantilized by the men in their lives and by their own government. That is why I am adding my voice to those of thousands of Saudi women who are calling for change. I support them in their quest for equality and I urge you to work with them — not 15 years in the future, but today.


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