Remember the “war on women” the GOP is supposedly waging? I wonder what progressive women would dub this:
Saudi Arabia has long been the only country in the world that does not allow women to drive. Now, there appears to be a new development in controlling the movements of its female population: the Kingdom has reportedly introduced an electronic tracking system alerting male guardians when a woman has left the country.
Reports emerged of the system last week when Manal al-Sherif, a women’s rights campaigner who has urged women to defy the driving ban, was alerted by a husband who received a message from the immigration authorities advising him that his wife had left the international airport in Riyadh. He happened to be traveling with her. […]
The system notifying male guardians that their dependents—which includes their wife, children and foreign workers sponsored by them—had left the country appears to have been in place for a couple of years now. Ahmed Al Omran, a Saudi blogger, explains that it appears that this service, which in the past was an opt-out service, is now reaching those who had previously registered their details with the Ministry of Interior.