Just recently an American website described how westerners often discussed women’s rights in Saudi Arabia from a pitying perspective, which creates an air of superiority.
Writing for Upworthy.com, Kayla Stewart mentioned how it was “kind of the pot calling the kettle black,” adding: “With European countries like Ireland just reversing laws that prohibit abortions and America currently grappling with a pervasive culture of sexual assault, it’s clear that all nations are still learning how to treat its women like equals.”
It was an interesting take on a situation which has been in the global spotlight quite a lot recently with women finally being able to get behind the wheel legally in Saudi next week.
But how do Saudi nationals feel about that perspective? Do they feel that they’re pitied?
Prominent Saudi dermatologist Doctor Lillian Khan believes they are.
She says: “A woman’s situation in Saudi has always been unique. I think to westerners, because they haven’t been raised in this society, they don’t understand it. Like any society there is good and bad. And all improvements are always, as with any society, welcomed.
“Westerners always talk about the need to empower women in Saudi Arabia because they look to us in their eyes. But we women in Saudi Arabia have been empowered in our own way. We live under the umbrella of Islam and the Saudi heritage that we don’t want to lose. We need improvements in certain aspects like any society - look at the “time’s up“ movement in USA . For instance like being our own guardian because in order to be part of a modern world it has become essential but it has to be done when society is accepting of it.
نستخدم ملفات الكوكيز لنسهل عليك استخدام مواقعنا الإلكترونية ونكيف المحتوى والإعلانات وفقا لمتطلباتك واحتياجاتك الخاصة، لتوفير ميزات وسائل التواصل الاجتماعية ولتحليل حركة المرور لدينا...اعرف أكثر