Shura Member’s Daughters Not Given Saudi Nationality
25 Mar 2014
Shura Council member, Thuraya Obaid, said at a gathering in Jeddah that her daughters have not been able to get Saudi nationality so far because their father is a foreigner. According to the Saudi Cabinet’s decision, children of Saudi women with non-Saudi fathers are to be considered as Saudi citizens.
Thuraya Obaid was speaking at a gathering on the occasion of Women’s History Month. She said that the cabinet decision has not been carried out by many government departments.
Saudi Gazette quoted her as saying, “Saudi women married to foreigners should be allowed to obtain nationality for their children on an equal footing with the Saudi men married to foreign women.”
The council member said these children should be permitted to stay in the kingdom with their mothers and also enjoy all the rights of Saudi children, especially with respect to education and health.
“Women represent half the society, so they should enjoy the same rights as men,” said Obaid. She added that efforts were being made by the women members of the Shura Council for Saudi women to access all their rights.
Obaid also said that proposals to change the pension system were also being prepared. Presently, women in Saudi do not get their full pension if it is paid on their behalf to their husbands, which “is unfair to the women and their children,” said Obaid.
Government officials are in support of the women’s rights, but it would take more time before women get their rights, said Obaid.