Saudi women file petition to end male guardianship system

A petition signed by more than 14,000 Saudi women calling for an end to the country’s male guardianship system is being handed to the government.Women must have the consent of a male guardian to travel abroad, and often need permission to work or study.
In the deeply conservative Islamic kingdom, a woman must have permission from her father, brother or other male relative – in the case of a widow, sometimes her son – to obtain a passport, marry or leave the country.Many workplaces and universities also demand a guardian’s consent for female employees and students, although it is not legally required.Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are banned from driving.