Saudi Arabian Women’s Conference… With Not A Female In Sight

    By Sara C. Nelson | 25 July 2013
    Huffington Post UK

    The conference on the subject of ‘women in society’ was notable for its lack of women.

    An image of a conference in Saudi Arabia on the topic of “women in society” – with not a single female present – has gone viral.

    The picture features row upon row of men in traditional headscarves and white thobes. A single Westerner in a flannel shirt is the only person breaking up an otherwise uniform sea of what appear to be Arab men.

    We traced the picture back to, which says it was published in Saudi newspaper Okaz last year.

    The conference was reportedly held at the University of Qassim and was apparently attended by representatives of 15 countries.

    Much is being made of absurdity and hypocrisy of the image, but when you consider Saudi Arabia is a country where women are not permitted to drive, it seems less so.

    Religious police in the Gulf Kingdom which is governed by Sharia Law only recently lifted a ban on females riding motorbikes and bicycles – as long as they wear the full-length veil and are accompanied by a male relative.

    It is illegal for Saudi women to travel abroad without male accompaniment. They may only do so if their guardian agrees by signing a document know as a ‘yellow sheet’ at an airport or border crossing.

    In November 2012 it emerged women were being electronically monitored with authorities using SMS to track them and inform their husbands of their whereabouts.

    And it was only in 2011 that women were given the right to vote and run for office in municipal elections in 2015.

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    1. Ladies: time to immigrate to Saudi Arabia, Afganistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, etc?.

      The benefits:
      1) Only men at the women’s conferences;
      2) You have to stay at home, so no need for money to travel, etc;
      3) No bikinis, etc, hence massive savings on looking beautiful;
      4) Easy clothes shopping: you can only wear black and you have to be covered from head to foot;
      5) No make up required: no-one can see it;
      6) No hairdos, in fact no hair: no-one can see it, think of the savings in hair products and haircuts;
      7) You can’t drive: think of the savings in car bills and petrol and maintenance costs. Your husband has to take the kids to school;
      8) No choice of religion: this makes it so easy for you to choose which religion you want;
      9) If you want to go out, a male relative has to accompany you, which makes it even easier for you to decide where to have dinner tonight;
      10) No freedom of choice; your husband decides everything for you; so this makes your decision making so much easier. You can meditate knowing that you are being taken care of;
      11) Making love: don’t feel like it tonight? Don’t worry, your husband can get up to 4 wives.

      Feel better now? Good. This is what we all have to look forward to if the way of life we had in the Dark and Middle Ages wins out over our current way of life.

    2. It stems from the misogynistic teachings of the Abrahamic “revealed”/hearsay religions. Judaism and its offshoots of Christianity, Islam and Mormonism are all misogynistic. Islam even teaches men who fear a woman may become rebellious towards them to beat/scourge her (Surah 4:34).

      We need to take the advice of the Deist Thomas Paine. In The Age of Reason ( ) Paine wrote that we need a revolution in religion based on our innate God-given reason and Deism. This would put an end to anti-women teachings of the “revealed”/hearsay religions and make the world a much better place.

      Progress! Bob Johnson

    3. It’s a phase of consciousness. You’r ancestors were there once, and there are some countries that are well advanced past your own in terms of gender equality. It’s a spread. Saudi Arabia is going to see some rough times though because we’re at the end of this phase. Middle East is breaking down and one reason this country is still like this is because of the oil money they have. They just keep the old way going as long as they can. Don’t worry, it’s on the way out.


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