Justice for Woman Forced to Return to Abusive Family Because She Wasn’t Traveling With Man

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

Goal: Lift a ban on travel for women without male guardianship.

There has been global outrage following the recent detention of a young woman who had fled her abusive family in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Reports say that authorities at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila detained the woman, 24-year-old Dina Ali Lasloom, who was flying in violation of Saudi laws, which prohibit women from traveling without a male guardian or permission from a male family member.

In an emotional video posted to Twitter, Dina Ali stated she feared for her life and had intended to seek asylum in Australia before she was apprehended. When Ali’s uncles arrived in the Philippines, they allegedly assaulted her and tied her feet with duct tape before wrapping her in a sheet and dragging her away. Reporters and activists traveled to Riyadh to help Ms. Lasloom, yet her whereabouts are now unknown and many fear she may be dead.

Saudi Arabia’s guardianship laws have oppressed women in the Arab kingdom for decades, resulting in an inability for women to seek employment or visit family, or even go to a hospital, without male consent or accompaniment. These restrictions treat women in Saudi Arabia as legal minors and deny them a basic quality of life. As in the case of Dina Ali, these laws may also threaten women’s lives and prevent them from escaping abusive situations which are all too common.

Sign this petition to demand a change for Saudi Arabia’s women, and to urge King Salman to lift the ban which prohibits them from traveling independently.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear King Salman,

A young Saudi woman who had sought asylum in Australia was recently detained in the Philippines for traveling in violation of your kingdom’s longstanding male guardianship laws. The woman, Dina Ali Lasloom, was fleeing for her life from an allegedly abusive family situation. The laws which are in place essentially held her prisoner, and many fear that she is now dead.

Women such as Ms. Lasloom deserve the basic human right to self-determination and the ability to escape abuse and degradation. The male guardianship laws in Saudi Arabia have time and again denied women these rights, and must be changed. I urge you to lift the travel ban on Saudi women and allow them to make their own decisions as competent adults.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Dina Ali Lasloom

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2 Comments

  1. Saudi Arabia, being the hugely oppressive dictatorship that it is, treats women horribly and despicably. I fear that this woman, Dina, will likely never be heard from again.

  2. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    its not only racist but this is sexist. men are not superior than women, transgenders, & nonbinary gender people.

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