Report: Saudi women's lives dictated by male guardianship

July 17, 2016 5:18 AM

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – A new study by Human Rights Watch says Saudi Arabia's male guardianship system is the most significant impediment to realizing women's rights in the kingdom.

The system effectively renders adult women as legal minors, preventing them from traveling abroad, obtaining a passport, marrying or leaving prison without the consent of a male relative. In some cases, employers will not hire women and hospitals will not perform surgeries without permission from ma...

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