In this Nov. 26, 2017, file photo released by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks at a meeting of the Islamic Military Counterterrorism Alliance in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP)Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is asking the chief executives of Apple and Google to immediately stop offering a Saudi e-government app that allows men in Saudi Arabia to track and control the movement of women. But the app, according to human rights advocates, also facilitates Saudi Arabia’s patriarchal guardianship system. It remains illegal for women in Saudi Arabia to travel without permission from a so-called male guardian. Using Absher, Saudi men can restrict the travel of Saudi women by first allowing or disallowing them to leave the country, and the men can also limit the dates and places women are permitted to travel.
Source: Washington Post February 12, 2019 16:22 UTC