Reema Abulaziz from Riyadh made her move: She went to Riyadh airport with her two boys, and asked for the guardianship system to be removed.

Reema works in a bank in Riyadh. She is not only the mother of these two boys; she is the wife of a drug- addicted husband. Although Reema’s husband is now in Riyadh Amal Hospital receiving medical treatment for his long addiction problem, he still has total control of Reema’s life and her sons’ lives.

In Riyadh airport, Reema and her sons are denied the right to leave the country; the addicted guardian did not give them the permission to leave.

The Saudi guardianship system considers men guardians and responsible for their families’ affairs even if the men have addiction problems or a criminal history. Reema’s story conveys how oppressive this system is.

The campaign to defend women’s rights in Saudi Arabia will continue recording these experiences of Saudi women who are trying to get rid of their control by male guardians.

Please, wherever you are, support Saudi women who are trying to gain their lives back.

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