Saudi Arabia: Women’s Rights Broken Promises
The rulers of Saudi Arabia are signatories to the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women(CEDAW) but in fact the women's rights are merely broken promises. Women in the Saudi Kingdom are treated as minors and must have permission from their 'guardian' to obtain health care, education, employment, travel, or opening a bank account. A 'guardian' might be a woman's male child.
Saudi Al-Watan newspaper reported on July 2 that Saudi doctors have confirmed that Health Ministry regulations still require a woman to obtain permission from her male guardian to undergo elective surgery. In late June, Saudi border guards at the Bahrain crossing refused to allow the renowned women's rights activist Wajeha al-Huwaider to leave the country because she did not have her guardian's permission, al-Huwaider told Human Rights Watch.
The government of the Saudi Kingdom has insisted that women's rights are being upheld, but evidence obtained by Human Rights Watch and Al-Watan by speaking with health care givers, contrasted with that.