14,000 women in Saudi Arabia are challenging the country’s arcane male guardianship laws

In Saudi Arabia women can’t even travel without a male guardian’s permission.

14,000 women challenged that degrading system today!

14,000 Saudi women filed a petition asking Saudi Arabia’s government to end its abusive male guardianship system. Under the system, women must get permission to travel abroad, and often need permission to work or study. The issue gained international traction after animated videos highlighting the plight of Saudi women went viral in July. It’s time the Saudi government listened and ended this degrading practice.