Saudi female students forced to quit studies.

  1. saudi female students forced to quit studies

    by afp


    published january 10, 2005</font>

    a group of saudi female university students will have to quit their studies because they have to give up their campus accommodation and are banned from living alone elsewhere, a newspaper reported on monday.

    twenty-five students at the jeddah-based king abdel aziz university, who have not graduated within the assigned period, have been told to leave their accommodation to make room for new students, asharq al awsat said.

    universities in the ultraconservative muslim kingdom are segregated and female students from remote areas can only live in university dorms or with a male guardian.

    "the distance between my family's house in the south of saudi arabia and my university is 1,000 kilometers [555 miles]. my family cannot move with me until i finish my course," the daily quoted one student as saying.

    women in saudi arabia, who have to cover from head to toe in public and may not mix with men other than relatives, are subject to numerous restrictions in their social and professional lives.

    http://www.metimes.com/print.php?sto...1-090420-1612r







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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am not surprised. It's very fortunate I was born here; I know how lucky I am.
  4. by   URO-RN
    Quite an unfortunate situation to be in.
  5. by   Roy Fokker
    Secular education will be the downfall of religious extremism.

    The day is not far away when women will put their foot down and say "NO! Enough is enough!"

    It's happened the world over. Saudi Arabia is not too far away.

    The House of Saud is doomed. Religious extremists threaten it more and more as the days pass. If they cave in and listen to the extremists - then they've commited suicide. But if they liberalise, there is no tellign what might happen - the country could descend into anarchy, or a new society might emerge, freed from the shackles of the old.

    One can only hope... and the faithful, pray.
  6. by   weetziebat
    In many, if not most, of these cases the female students went to University to get an education but, more importantly, to have some freedom. They are not allowed to socialize with males while at home even if they had any opportunity to do so. Nor are they able to rent a place of their own or live with roommates. There are no clubs, bars, theaters, bowling alleys,concerts etc.for them to go to meet guys. They most likely would not be working so they couldn't meet anyone there. But by going to University they are soo much more free - perhaps there is still no dating, but they have that time to themselves. Family is not pushing them into an arranged marriage, followed by perhaps ten kids and a husband who is their master.

    So they go and stay and take as much time as possible. If they don't complete their studies in four years, well maybe they'll do it in six - or eight. But put off the inevitable as long as possible, then when they finally do get their degree maybe they would have the chance to work outside the home as well.
    Going back to the parents home is not what they want to do. You may have no idea how isolated southern Saudi Arabia is, but it is not somewhere most young modern women want to stay.

    So it is not like they are being kicked out of school cause they are women or they don't count. By taking 6 - 8 years to complete their degree they are preventing new students from entering University cause there is not enough room. Which is totally unfair, no? And the actual asking them to leave was not done on the spur of the moment - they were given warning. So, while it may be unfortunate, it is not like they didn't know it was coming.
  7. by   Rep
    Your opinion is same as mine.



    Quote from Roy Fokker
    Secular education will be the downfall of religious extremism.

    The day is not far away when women will put their foot down and say "NO! Enough is enough!"

    It's happened the world over. Saudi Arabia is not too far away.

    The House of Saud is doomed. Religious extremists threaten it more and more as the days pass. If they cave in and listen to the extremists - then they've commited suicide. But if they liberalise, there is no tellign what might happen - the country could descend into anarchy, or a new society might emerge, freed from the shackles of the old.

    One can only hope... and the faithful, pray.
  8. by   URO-RN
    Quote from weetziebat
    In many, if not most, of these cases the female students went to University to get an education but, more importantly, to have some freedom. They are not allowed to socialize with males while at home even if they had any opportunity to do so. Nor are they able to rent a place of their own or live with roommates. There are no clubs, bars, theaters, bowling alleys,concerts etc.for them to go to meet guys. They most likely would not be working so they couldn't meet anyone there. But by going to University they are soo much more free - perhaps there is still no dating, but they have that time to themselves. Family is not pushing them into an arranged marriage, followed by perhaps ten kids and a husband who is their master.

    So they go and stay and take as much time as possible. If they don't complete their studies in four years, well maybe they'll do it in six - or eight. But put off the inevitable as long as possible, then when they finally do get their degree maybe they would have the chance to work outside the home as well.
    Going back to the parents home is not what they want to do. You may have no idea how isolated southern Saudi Arabia is, but it is not somewhere most young modern women want to stay.

    So it is not like they are being kicked out of school cause they are women or they don't count. By taking 6 - 8 years to complete their degree they are preventing new students from entering University cause there is not enough room. Which is totally unfair, no? And the actual asking them to leave was not done on the spur of the moment - they were given warning. So, while it may be unfortunate, it is not like they didn't know it was coming.
    This makes sense as to why they want to prolong their studies.

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