Saudi Arabia’s Girl Council is Missing One Key Figure
Saudi Arabia seems to be taking steps in the direction of women’s rights with the addition of a girl council. This initiative coming from a country that has not been known in the past to take these issues into consideration seemed like a great start; that is until the photo of the meeting started circulating showing an evident council, but no female presence whatsoever. The Qassim Girls Council showed 13 men gathered on stage for the first meeting.
Although the women apart of the council were in another room probably due to the country's segregation laws, the photo gained a lot of notoriety on social media due to it’s eerily similarity to another recent photo. A photograph of Donald Trump signing an abortion bill surrounded by his VP Mike Pence and other men dominated the social media world due to the idea of men taking control of women related issues that should in fact be coordinated by...well women. The launch of the council was led by the province governor Prince Faisal bin Mishal bin Saud, who said he was proud of the first conference to come about in the kingdom.
"In the Qassim region, we look at women as sisters to men, and we feel a responsibility to open up more and more opportunities that will serve the work of women and girls," The governor said.
Although the picture received a bit of negative connotations attached, let's hope this is a step in a positive direction for the women of Saudi Arabia. It only takes a few small steps to start something that could be both valuable and a large improvement to many human lives for years to come.