Female Members Of Shoura Council Influenced Regulations Of Draft Marriage Bill (Italian Translation)

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Amendments To Marriage Bill Urged
Arab News | Riyadh
18 June 2013

Women Shoura members exerted their influence in the Council’s discussions about a bill regulating marriage.

Thoraya Obaid, a Shoura member, described the draft law as “prejudiced and unfair” to women, noting that under this proposal, she would not be able to grant her daughters the Saudi nationality.

“The regulation discusses marriage in itself, but not the many rights that should be granted to children such as education, travel arrangements of children with their non-Saudi father and the right of women to grant citizenship to her children,” she said. She demanded that “the complaints of Saudi women marrying non-Saudis should be met with, so they can grant citizenship to their children.”

Wafa Abu Tebah, another Shoura member, asked for an amendment of a paragraph concerning the treatment of the children of Saudi women who are married to non-Saudis in all levels of education and scholarships.

To the demand of other members to eliminate the condition stipulating a maximum age difference of 25 years, council member Naser Al-Musa said there is no religious or scientific foundation for it.

“If the committee insists on this condition, it should be applied to marriages between Saudi nationals as well,” Al-Musa said.

Saleh Al-Hussaini, another member, said that article nine of the draft is unfair. The article deals with economic sanctions on Saudi nationals marrying non-Saudis, by denying them government loans, investment opportunities and marriage loans.

“How can we deny a citizen his rights while foreign investors enjoy all privileges granted for citizens,” asked Al-Hussaini.

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Urgono Emendamenti Alla Legge Sul Matrimonio
Arab News | Riyadh
18 Giugno 2013
Traduzione Italiana di A.P.

Le donne membri della Shoura hanno esercitato la loro influenza nelle discussioni del Consiglio su una legge che regola il matrimonio.

Thoraya Obaid, membro della Shoura, ha descritto il progetto di legge come “ispirato a pregiudizi e ingiusto” nei confronti delle donne, notando che con questa proposta lei non sarebbe in grado di trasmettere alle sue nipoti la nazionalità saudita.

“La normativa discute il matrimonio in sé, ma non i molti diritti che dovrebbero essere garantiti ai figli come l’istruzione, i dettagli per i viaggi dei figli con i padri non-sauditi e il diritto delle donne a trasmettere la cittadinanza ai loro figli”, ha detto. Ha domandato che “venga dato ascolto alle rimostranze delle donne saudite sposate con non-sauditi, perchè possano trasmettere la cittadinanza ai loro figli”.

Wafa Abu Tebah, un altro membro della Shoura, ha chiesto un emendamento ad un paragrafo che riguarda il trattamento dei figli di donne saudite sposate con non-sauditi in tutti i livelli dell’istruzione e delle borse di studio.

Alla richiesta di altri membri di eliminare la condizione che fissa una differenza massima di età di 25 anni, il membro del Consiglio Naser Al-Musa ha detto che non esiste fondamento né religioso né scientifico [per questo requisito dell’età].

“Se il comitato insiste ad applicare questa condizione, dovrebbe essere applicata anche ai matrimoni tra sauditi”, ha detto Al-Musa.

Saleh Al-Hussaini, un altro membro, ha affermato che l’articolo nove del progetto è ingiusto. L’articolo riguarda le sanzioni economiche a carico dei sauditi che sposino non-sauditi, sotto forma di rifiuto a questi/e cittadini/e di prestiti governativi, opportunità di investimento e prestiti matrimoniali.

“Come possiamo negare ad un cittadino i suoi diritti mentre gli investitori stranieri godono di tutti i privilegi concessi ai cittadini?”, ha chiesto Al-Hussaini.

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Tara Umm Omar

American married to a Saudi.

4 thoughts on “Female Members Of Shoura Council Influenced Regulations Of Draft Marriage Bill (Italian Translation)”

  1. It makes my heart sing to know that Saudi women are finally in a position to help make and change regulations affecting Saudi life. What a happy day. Thanks for posting this and keeping us up to date!

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    1. My husband was skeptical that the Shoura Council was taking women council members seriously but evidently they are making some headway.

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  2. For the first time the Shoura Council make a difference in society. I didn’t care to follow them before because they were all talk and no action but now things are different. They are actually discussing issues that concern the public and making a change. I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said its all due to the ladies efforts. They really did and still doing a great job!

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