Friday, October 4, 2013

Will the Cleric from Saudi Arabia "YIELD" to Women's Rights?

The fight for women's rights continues around the globe. Recently, Sheikh Saleh Al-Loheidan, a Saudi cleric, made this statement:
“If a woman drives a car, it could have a negative physiological impact ... Medical studies show that it would automatically affect a woman's ovaries and that it pushes the pelvis upward … We find that for women who continuously drive cars, their children are born with varying degrees of clinical problems.” 
His comments were made in response to an online campaign, in Saudi Arabia, urging women to demonstrate for the right to drive. While we may smile or laugh at this comment, the underlying message of it is disconcerting and illustrates the ignorance of women’s health in areas of the world. This lack of knowledge or denial prevents women from having equal rights and opportunities, such as working, traveling, opening back accounts, driving a car, or more importantly going to school without receiving permission from their male guardian. 

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