What are some of the rights that women in Saudi Arabia have and do not have? Please explain in detail. Thank you very much!
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Women's rights in Saudi Arabia are still among the most restrictive in the world.
- An abaya (or abayah), a loose robe (usually black) that covers the body from head to toe, is still required to be worn in public. Only faces are allowed to be visible.
- Women of all ages are required to have a male guardian.
- Women are not allowed to vote or hold high political office.
- Saudi Arabia ranks 129th out of 134 countries for gender parity.
- Saudi Arabia was the only country in the world to score a zero for women's political empowerment.
- Women athletes are rare and their sports participation is limited to being outside the presence of men.
- Women are segregated in public.
- Most public buildings have separate entrances for women.
- Public transportation is segregated.
- Public restaurants, beaches, parks and other amusement areas are segregated.
- Private homes are required to have "curtains" to separate a women's area.
- Women are only allowed to have jobs if approved by their male guardians. Home duties may not be neglected by a working woman.
- All public schools are sex-segregated.
- Women are not allowed to leave their house or neighborhood with permission of their male guardian.
- Women are only allowed to drive cars in rural areas.
- It is illegal for women to hire taxis or private drivers.
- Women are not allowed to specifically choose a husband. Marriage contracts are binding and decided between the father of the bride and the husband-to-be.
- Children are "owned" by the father; the woman has little chance for custody in the case of divorce.
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