Coming from New Zealand, I’m used to being independent. Driving to work each day, meeting friends for coffee, going to the movies. It’s a good life.
But for women in Saudi, the very opposite is true. Life is one long list of ‘must nots’.
Saudi women cannot drive.
In fact, they cannot even get in a car or plane without the personal or written permission of a male relative. No room for any spontaneous flights of fancy. Not anywhere.
Only men work in Saudi.
Well, more accurately, Saudi women only work on very rare occasions. And then, they must be physically separated from the potentially dire risk of contact with men, even to the point of having completely separate elevators.
But girls can be educated as far as university.