Rachna Shah
Nov 30, 2017

Is this progress?

Tallal Ahmad
Dec 3, 2017

I completely agree with this as lifting ban from women driving cars does not qualify as elimination of guardianship system. The eradication of guardianship system is more significant than lifting ban from women driving. The Saudi leadership just wants to portray itself as "reformist" in front of international community to achieve the economical benefits. Because if they really want to make reform in their country, they should have started with lifting ban from guardianship system. Even the new crown prince which recently emerged to spotlight by declaring "war on corruption" in his country and who is also believed in some intellectual circles as a prince who will bring reform in his country. I personally don't agree with this because how could you expect someone who came to power by manipulating the hierarchy of the Saudi monarch. Also they are only making those "reform" which they know would make international headlines otherwise what is the point of silencing their own people who have been demanding the equal rights from years.

Mayank Karnani
Dec 5, 2017

I agree with Tallal. These so called reforms are mere gimmicks and the Government in the nation are far from achieving the ideological shift.

Kyungmin Yook
Dec 11, 2017

Do you believe that Saudi Arabia will ever enact laws that will truly advance the status/treatment of women in their Country?

Alan Gao
Dec 29, 2017

I would argue that the reforms passed by the Saudi crown prince are monumental and have already truly advanced the status of women in Saudi Arabia. While it is certainly important to be skeptical of the motives behind the prince's actions, it's also important to realize the societal and cultural context under which he passed such reforms. In a region where patriarchal norms are dominant, it's likely that a large portion of the Saudi population would be hostile to the broad, sweeping reforms called for by many critics of the recent reform. It's also critical to consider the positive effect that the reform has, despite the guardianship system that remains in place. Even though Saudi women still need permission to drive, the mere fact that they are able to drive enables many opportunities for them, especially work. Transportation to and from places where women can work is a pressing issue in Saudi Arabia and many other parts of the world, and the crown prince's reform has taken a step towards addressing it.

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