A Woman In Saudi Arabia Was Allowed To Live And Travel Independently. It Is A Big Deal. Here’s Why
If you’re a woman who has ever lived on her own in India, you know it’s ridiculous how tough it is to get things done. From getting your own place – which is a struggle because what if guys come over? And if they do, then clearly your chastity is your landlord’s problem and they must ensure that you’re a virginal nymph. If you do manage to get a house, then getting people to do jobs around the house would require a male because are you sure you know how to work a geyser or how to get an AC repaired? Yeah, it isn’t easy living alone.
But imagine not having that choice. At Hauterfly, we write about every progressive decision that happens in Saudi Arabia because it has taken such a long time for even basic rights to be granted. It was only recently that women were allowed to drive. And it’s not because women in Saudi Arabia couldn’t figure out gears, it’s simply because the men didn’t want them to have any rights or agency over their own lives. So when we recently read about a woman being allowed to stay independently, we wanted to write about it because a court ruled in their favour. This means many things, but most importantly, it means that while women have always wanted to have rights, the men who made the rules might be willing to give them those.
A lawyer in the case said. “A historic ruling was issued on Wednesday, affirming that independence of a sane, adult woman in a separate house is not a crime worthy of punishment,” al-Lahim said in a tweet. “I am very happy with this ruling that ends tragic stories for women.”
A court in Saudi Arabia has ruled in favor of a woman who was on trial for living and traveling on her own to the Kingdom’s capital, Riyadh, without her father’s permission, in what her lawyer @allahim calls a "historic ruling." #SaudiArabia
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) July 15, 2020
While this might not mean much to us, for women who have been oppressed forever, this shows the government and the state’s decision to be more progressive and while equal rights are still a distant dream, this might just be a step in the right direction.