Change is a process, not an event.
-Barbara Johnson (American literary critic and translator)
". . . Propelling the flight (out of Saudi Arabia) is the kingdom's wilaya, or guardianship, law. Although it has received less publicity than the world's only sex-specific driving ban, it imposes harsher curbs on female mobility. To travel, work or study abroad, receive hospital treatment or an ID card, or even leave prison once a sentence is served, women need the consent of a male wali, or guardian. From birth to death, they are handed from one wali to the next-father, husband and, if both of those die, the nearest male relative. Sometimes that might be a teenage son or brother, because although boys are treated as adults from puberty, women are treated as minors all their lives. . ."
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