Just when you thought that the Saudi Kingdom could not make things more demeaning for women, male guardians reportedly will now be informed of the movement of women in their family under an electronic monitoring system. Women are not allowed to drive or to travel without consent of a male, even a younger brother.
Husbands are being informed by the government when women leave the country, including one case where a husband was altered that his wife had left on an international flight. Women cannot leave the country without permission of their male “guardian.”
The move has alarmed reformers who were encouraged by the King granting women the right to vote and appointing a more moderate leader of the morality or religious police.