Saudi Arabia Just Created a ‘Girl’s Council’ Seemingly With No Women on It.
Saudi Arabia dipped its toe into women’s issues recently with the inauguration of a “girl’s council” in the country’s al-Qassim province, the BBC reported.
Unfortunately, photos of a recent council meeting did not feature any actual women, a concern that elicited swift mockery online.
— Andrew Stroehlein (@astroehlein) March 13, 2017
The female members of the council were kept off stage and watched the proceedings through closed circuit video in another room.
“In the Qassim region, we look at women as sisters to men, and we feel a responsibility to open up more and more opportunities that will serve the work of women and girls,” said provincial governor Prince Faisal bin Mishal bin Saud, the BBC reported.
Under it’s repressive system of Sharia law, Saudi Arabia has a poor track record with feminism and human rights. Last year a woman was arrested for walking outside without a hijab, while attempting to drive a car could result in a whipping.
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