‘Most women refrain from using legal rights’

‘Most women refrain from using legal rights’
Updated 09 March 2015

‘Most women refrain from using legal rights’

‘Most women refrain from using legal rights’

A Saudi lawyer has revealed that 90 percent of women refrain from trying to obtain their rights by law, while social and other constraints prevent most women from reverting to the law.
The lawyer, Majed Qaroub, said that most women do not like to use the law to get their rights because of male control, as well as poor application of the law due to social customs and the shame culture associated with legal processes used by women to receive their rights.
Qaroub said that statistics for cases reviewed by courts, in addition to complaints and demands that reach human rights societies, have revealed a variation between consultation applications and the number of cases filed to court.
He called on the relevant authorities to be brave while applying the law, and stressed the need to educate the community through media sources, education, social and Islamic affairs, as well to spread a positive perception of obtaining rights via litigation.
The results of a survey conducted by the National Human Rights Commission showed that introducing women’s rights was top priority from amongst 11 fields that need people to be educated about, holding a majority of votes at 37 percent. The rights of employees came second with 12 percent.
Majed Qaroub said that women’s issues ranked first in the list because they still face community pressures that challenge their rights.