Luke Harding at the Guardian reports:
The kingdom already bans women from driving and excludes them from most workplaces. It also disapproves of women’s sport. Since last week it has been operating a new electronic system that tracks all cross-border movements.
The system functions even if a woman is travelling with her husband or male “guardian”, with a text sent immediately to the man. Saudi women must get formal approval from their guardians to travel abroad, and have to hand in an infamous “yellow slip”, signed by a male, at the airport or border.
Women in Saudi Arabia are like chattels. Their culture is deeply flawed, to put it mildly.
Women need the permission of their guardian to marry, divorce, travel, study, get a job, open a bank account, have non-vital surgery etc. I suspect slaves only had a few more rights than some women in Saudia Arabia.
If a Saudi woman’s husband dies, and she wishes to remarry – she needs the permission of her son!
And don’t even start me on honor killings or sentencing rape victims to punishments because they were alone with a man.