Saudi Gender Apartheid VS. S. African Racial Apartheid

Saudi Gender Apartheid VS. S. African Racial Apartheid

Gender vs Racial apartheid

 

July 27, 2012

 

Washington DC - When comparing the Gender Apartheid that women in Saudi Arabia currently face with the Racial Apartheid that occurred 5 decades ago in South Africa it is clear that the women of Saudi Arabia have less freedoms and rights than black Africans had fifty years ago in South Africa. During the Racial Apartheid in South Africa, blacks were unable to vote, however, they had the right to play sports, drive cars, marry without permission, study and travel without permission, to receive medical attention without the permission of a guardian and the ability to obtain a job without a guardian’s consent.

 

All of the above mentioned rights are ones that are withheld from the women and girls who live under the Saudi Monarchy. Women are systematically discriminated against in all facets of their lives.

 

In addition, the women of Saudi Arabia do not have the right or ability to practice in sport of receive physical education, a basic human right as stated in the Olympic Charter. They are not able to exercise in public, play on sports teams, or play on national leagues. The Gender Apartheid they face in the country is severe and cannot continue. Their physical health depends upon their ability to exercise and be physically active. Saudi Arabia must end its Gender Apartheid laws so that women may enter society not only athletically but politically, socially, and economically.

 

The International Olympic Committee and the London Olympic Organizing Committee should not endorse the Saudi Monarchy’s Gender Apartheid policies. They must expel Saudi Arabia from the IOC and the London Games until Gender apartheid is dismantled. They must not discriminate against Arab women who are facing apartheid policies.

 

Racial Apartheid VS. Gender Apartheid

 

 

Blacks under

Racial Apartheid

Saudi Women under

Gender Apartheid

Play sports

Yes

No

Receive physical education classes

Yes

No

Drive

Yes

No

Vote

No

No

Marry without permission

Yes

No

Study without permission

Yes

No

Travel without permission

Yes

No

Work without permission

Yes

No

Receive medical treatment without male permission

Yes

No

Dress as they wish

Yes

No