I have said for years that if islam is to change the women will change it. Muslim men have all the rights and zero incentive to change. Almost every muslim woman that stops by here pretends that women under islam are respected and have more rights than western women. Maybe a few of them will read the truth from their sisters overseas.
3 Oct, 10, (AFP) RIYADH – Women in Saudi Arabia are fighting back against tribal traditions that make them hostage to the whims of their fathers and male guardians who alone can decide who their future husbands will be.
-The women have to pretend the issue is tribal and not islamic or they are doomed to fail. Their real problem was mohammed’s abuses towards women. His actions have been used to justify a system wide abuse for generations. I do not think that these women have a snowballs chance in hell of changing things but I have to admire them for trying.
Faced with a lifetime of being forced to remain single, an increasing number of Saudi women, many of them university graduates with good jobs, are going to court to dispute their fathers’ refusal to sign off on their marriages.
In July, a Medina court rejected a 42-year-old doctor’s petition to override her father and brothers’ refusal to allow her marriage to a surgeon she works with, because he did not belong to their tribe.
The court ruled that the father was justified, and that she was not being obedient by trying to marry someone outside the clan.
“Unfortunately we have a strange paradox in society, where young girls only 10 years old can be married, but an adult woman can be prevented from marrying for illogical reasons,” Suhaila Zainal Abidin of the National Society for Human Rights told AFP. University professor Amal Saleh agreed.
-Catch that? They have zero problem with the forced marriages of children (really rape) but want absolute control over older women. At least a few are starting to demand change. (more…)