The Struggle for Saudi Arabian Women's Rights Should Live On


Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdelaziz has recently passed away, and is now hailed as having left a “relative” legacy as a women's advocate. It is relative as far as their context is concerned for theirs adheres strictly to the moral and religious laws of their land, and the king having paved the way for their women to enjoy rights that women from the free western world enjoy, is noteworthy to say the least. According to the IBT news, While Saudi Arabia is often criticized for its abysmal human rights record, especially when it comes to women, Abdullah led the slow movement toward a more equal society -- by Saudi, if not, by Western, terms. Despite the Kingdom’s strict adherence to Shariah, Islam’s moral code and the country’s legal code, King Abdullah slowly put in motion laws and organizations that would facilitate equality for women as the country shifted toward cultural and economic modernity.


That a country such as Saudi Arabia, so steeped in its religious and cultural traditions, would deem fit to grant their women more freedom, and rights to enjoy, than they had in the past, is a small step forward in the right direction, a small victory. Nevertheless, it is still a remarkable victory for women all over the world. Women of all races and traditions are in to this, for they share in the common struggle to uphold women's dignity, and rightful place in a more just, inclusive society that women themselves have the capability and power to create.

To say much work for women advocacy still needs to be done is an understatement, for a greater part of the world has yet to go beyond the legalistic restrictions based either on religion or mores patriarchal societies exert upon their women. In fact, even in the west, as we see it happening in the US, there are still remnants of a machismo attitude towards women: in domestic and social settings; in the workplace and sadly, even in churches.

Much work indeed still needs to be done against injustices women, not only in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, not only in our own shores, but all over the world, continue to suffer from: domestic violence, trafficking, marginalization in the workplace, rape, being objectified and other indignities.

Women should continue to fight for their equal rights in society. Their voices should never be squelched, as they have as much force, talents and capabilities as men to engage with the fast-changing world, and make this a better, fairer and inclusive place for all.

Going back to the situation in Saudi Arabia, hopefully the modest legacy left by the late King in promoting the rights of their women be continued. The kingdom is a clear example wherein ultra-conservatism to the detriment of women brings a country closer to chaos or instability, left out by progress, no matter how wealthy it is.

Care to share your thoughts?

0 characters (165 chars limit)

Career Channels

Advertising Aerospace and Defense Agriculture Forestry and Fishing Apparel and Textile Industry
Architecture Arts and Entertainment Automotive Aviation and Airlines
Banking Biotechnology Building Services Engineers Clergy
Clerical and Administrative Clinical Research Nurse Conservation Construction and Real Estate
Consulting Services Customer Service Education Energy and Utilities
Engineering Entrepreneur Franchise Entry Level and Intern Environment
Executive and Management Facilities and Ground Maintenance Fashion and Modeling Financial Services
Fire, Law Enforcement, and Security Floral Designer Food, Beverage, and Tobacco Government
Graphic Arts Healthcare - Administrative Healthcare - Nursing Healthcare - Practitioners
Healthcare - Technicians Hospitality Hotel Travel Leisure Human Resources and Employment Services Installation Maintenance Repairs
Insurance and Risk Management Intern Internet and E-commerce IT - Computers, Hardware
IT - Computers, Software IT - Executive, Consulting IT - Manager IT - Networking
Legal Services Library Services Manufacturing and Operations Marketing
Materials Management Media - Broadcast Media - Online Media - Print
Metals and Mining Military Non Profit Oncology
Operations Manager Personal Care Pharmaceutical Printing and Publishing
Professional Services Public Relations Purchasing Rehabilitation Specialist
Restaurant and Food Service Retail and Wholesale Sales Science and Research
Security Clearance Sports and Recreation Store Management Telecommunications
Trades and Apprecenticeships Training Transportation Logistics and Warehousing Work from Home

Featured Jobs

Browse Featured Jobs

Employers post a job here

New Jobs

Browse New Jobs

Featured Employers


Job Target One Click Recruitology