Much has been written about the abuse of human rights in Saudi Arabia as the royal family follow a strict version of Sharia (Islamic law). Women's rights in Saudi Arabia is a controversial issue yet there are different views depending on your background and culture.
Two Saudi women journalists attend a news conference for the UN Commission on Human Rights in Riyadh, October 2002.
Click on the numbers to read the views of five women that live in Saudi Arabia.
When you have read the five different viewpoints have a go at answering these questions:
- Who said what? Match the viewpoints 1-5 to the following:
- A human rights campaigner
- A Saudi woman
- An expat from Canada
- A migrant worker from Indonesia
- A businesswoman from Jordan
- From each viewpoint, pick out key words that summarise the way in which they see the position of women in Saudi Arabia.
- How would you feel as a woman living in Saudi Arabia?
For more information on human rights issues in Saudi Arabia, visit http://www.amnesty.org/ailib/intcam/saudi/ or http://web.amnesty.org/web/ar2002.nsf/mde/saudi+arabia!Open for Amnesty International's most recent reports on the country.