Mar 21, 2012 15:12
Very very well done. I congratulate you SIR.
I challenge all Saudis to stand up and be counted and ensure that the discrimination against women is ended. Look yourself in the mirror each day and ask yourself what did I do today to ensure women have equal rights in all respects. Nothing? Shame on you. Only by each one of us doing the little bit that we can will we change the situation. Let us do it. Thank you.
Mar 21, 2012 15:27
The topic, and the views expressed, are well worth raising and reiterating. This is a very thoughtful piece that highlights the importance of the issues, and the fact that closing the gender gap is in the interest of all Saudis, men and women. But men need to take action men supporting their daughters, their nieces and their wives can give great impetus to the efforts of King Abdallah and others in the government to close the gender gap. Today, Saudi Arabia ranks 131st out of 135 countries in the WEFs Global Gender Gap Report. Malaysia and Indonesia are well ahead. It is a very narrow and rigid construction of religious texts, combined with an acceptance of certain customs and traditions taking on the force of law, that has led to this unfortunate situation that sidelines half of the population. Gender equality is not inconsistent with Islam it never has been.
Mar 22, 2012 14:50
dear Mr Alnowaiser
why are you writing this article in a newspaper that is mostly read by expatriates? do you really think we dont know? this article is totally misdirected here. it is absolutely pointless to publish it in Arab news. you should tell TO YOUR OWN PEOPLE and not to us WE KNOW IT
Mar 22, 2012 18:06
I was not aware of the issue regarding Saudi women married to non Saudi men. Their children should have legal standing in the country of their birth. I hope the Saudi people address this. I am very incouraged by Dr. Alnowaisers article.
Mar 22, 2012 18:16
the most beautiful creation of the almighty woman we are protecting her even away from the nature
what else you need dear al-nowaiserâ€¦!!!!!!
Mar 22, 2012 18:16
An excellent article. I will begin praying for this intention immediately. I invite all women to join me. God should be the first one to hear about this. Trust God to answer these prayers in His time. Sometimes, He makes us wait on things in order to increase our faith. I send my kiss of peace to all my sisters in loveâ€¦ God bless HRH King Abdullah. May Gods favor increase on your King with each passing second so that he may better serve those under his care, and continue to sow seeds of tolerance in the hearts of men, women, and children, while working for Gods glory more than ever.
Mar 22, 2012 19:27
I appreciate your desire to further womens rights, but I disagree with the following statement:
We must acknowledge that Saudi women do not have the political power to remedy this inequality on their own. Only Saudi men can do so. Change does not come from sitting around and waiting for someone to fix things for you. If the women in Saudi Arabia want change theyre going to have to start standing up for themselves and fighting for what they deserve. Its exactly the attitude of the statement above that has forced women into this role of subservient submission. If you continuously tell yourself you cant do something without a mans help, you will never prove yourself to be deserving of equal rights. Stand up and fight, Ladies! You have my support and prayers always!
Mar 22, 2012 19:27
I here Saudi Arabia intends to send women athletes to the London games so, we will hence forth see our sisters(in Islam) displaying their sporting talents and moreâ€¦ to the whole worldâ€¦. are these the equal rights the writer is talking about, or advocating for? The Quran and Sunnah govern Islam and Islamic culture and traditionsâ€¦ Human rights(for men, women and children) are indeed a divine decree trough the book and his messenger(may peace and blessings be upon him)â€¦ The west are in no way a bench mark for human rightsâ€¦ they have proven that and continue to do so .. loud and clear. Does Equal rightsâ€¦ , necessarily mean, EQUAL in all senses of the word? No is the answerâ€¦ otherwise, we would have football and cricket teams having men and women in one team( Just an example)â€¦
Mar 23, 2012 03:51
Can they have equitable if not equal rights for now?freedom of being able to commute comes before other freedoms ,it is mother of all freedoms as that allows u to hold jobs,go to courts,banks,keep your children safe by driving them to school yourself in time of need etc,etc,etc. in a country where distances are vast and cars only way of commuting who will bell the cat if men in power wont ? How can a woman sit with a stranger but cant drive , what about women who dont have a male close relative , what should families who dont have male children do ?or who have an old or disabled male relative ? Immigrate ?! This is happening while everyone is complaining having too many people from other counties why not save resources and bring in much needed labor or skilled labor in other fields. Why cant we start with rules like allowing women above certain age only ,not allowing driving between cities (for safety & guardian) but do people in power have the guts to take this decision inspite of pressures to the contrary
Mar 23, 2012 03:56
there was a wonderful line in the movie A Big Fat Greek Weddingâ€¦ where the daughter is worried because her father does not appprove of her boyfriend. She expresses despair to her mother â€¦ what can I do â€¦ father is the head of the family???? The reply was brilliant .. it said â€¦ the man might be the head â€¦BUT â€¦ the woman is the neckâ€¦ and the neck can turn the head, any way she wants!!
Mar 23, 2012 01:50
This refers to the article, Saudi women urgently need equal rights (March 21) by Dr. Khalid Al-Nowaiser.
The writer has depicted some aspects positively, but most of the arguments have been put in a wrong way. No doubt, women are our mothers, daughters, wives, sisters and others, and Islam has given all of them rights and positions that cannot be found in other religions. The author says, there are always men who want to control womens rights in the name of religion or otherwise. I think, this statement does not carry any weight, and rather runs contrary to the Islamic spirit. The Holy Quran says, Save yourself and your household from the hell fire. In this perspective, if male being the head of the house says to his family to offer prayers or do good things, do not smoke, or do not go bare head outside, it does not mean male head is controlling his household women. Vice versa, women also can say to his male counterpart to sport beard, do not drink wine etc. My point is on both sides good aspects can be exchanged.
2012 Arab News