The issues facing Saudi women seem a little more relevant to me now, a little more urgent. I am the mother of a spirited, intelligent, and talented half-Saudi girl. She will grow up a witness to the struggles of her fellow Saudi women, but I’ll not raise her to be a victim to those struggles, let her believe that she is limited, or let others tell her that her gender is the reason why she can or cannot do what she wants, say what she believes, or be who she is meant to be.
She first moved to Saudi Arabia in 2007 after marrying a local, and now lives in the country’s capitol, Riyadh.
In her free time, which she has plenty of in the Kingdom, she enjoys photography, reading, writing, and cooking.
Restrictions on women In Saudi Arabia, women face several restrictions based entirely on gender.
A woman, regardless of age or marital status is required to have a male guardian.
You can even live here for years and still not be aware of certain things that can affect your life until they actually happen.
So I’m here to tell you what it’s like to be a woman in Saudi Arabia, at least from a Westerner’s point of view.
Whether it’s poverty, gender equality, or corruption, if you’re living there or raising a family there, they’re your issues too.
We as expats have the power and the responsibility to make a positive difference in our host countries. Mandi is an American woman who grew up in the Midwest, never dreaming that her life would take her halfway around the world.
Her guardian may be her father, her husband, her uncle, her brother, or even her own son.
A woman cannot travel, attend university, work, or marry without her guardian’s permission.
In some cases, although the law doesn’t support the practice, a woman cannot receive major medical treatment without the permission of her guardian.