15Silence Is Key
Most of all, women have become socially active; many protests were organized by Saudi Arabian women.
Saudi Arabian girls must be obedient and quiet: good stay-at-home moms and silent wives. Women there are considered socially lower than men in terms of status: they need a male sponsor to get an ID card, open a bank account, and get the medical treatment they need. Therefore, it may come
as a surprise to North Americans, that many women there have stood against the ultra-conservative regime and guardianship system in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabian girls have kept some secrets that awed the rest of the world. Some attend secret driving lessons, other play in secret soccer teams, and some manage to escape to the West to marry the love of their life.
Sadly, such events often face severe consequences. For instance, blogger Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1000 lashes only for calling for free speech. Corporal punishment is a well-known fact... And soon after the scandal with Raif Badawi, a woman was executed. Public executions are an alarming fact of life in Saudi Arabia.