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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Girl council launched in Saudi Arabia but no girls allowed

13 Saudi men speak about girls' issues
You really cannot make this stuff up. In a country trying to show the world it's inaugural girl's council in al-Qassim province, they forgot to include the girls.  No, this is not The Onion.

Or the women.

In a photo released to show off the first Qassim Girls Council meeting, not one female was to be seen on stage--just a bunch of bearded dudes, each with perhaps four wives each, while the women were in another room, linked via video. You see, Muslim women don't mingle with Muslim men unless they're married to them, lest uncontrollable lust and concomitant behavior ensue.

Saudi Arabia is not known for giving women equal rights--just ask Sean Hannity.

The dude photos have been going viral on social media after the Saturday event. It was compared to President Trump surrounded by men as he signed an abortion policy bill in January. But at least Trump is looking to preserve life, both male and female, which isn't the case with the Saudis. 

The Saudi event was led by Prince Faisal bin Mishal bin Saud, the province governor. He said he was proud of the conference and it was the first of its kind in over 1400 years.

"In the Qassim region, we look at women as sisters to men, and we feel a responsibility to open up more and more opportunities that will serve the work of women and girls," he said.

Yes, the work referred to is the cooking, cleaning and sex-on-demand a husband expects. The opportunities referred to is the woman's opportunity to cook, clean and provide sex-on-demand when it's her turn as one of the wives.

The girls' council is chaired by Princess Abir bint Salman, Prince Faisal bin Mishal bin Saudi's wife. She was not allowed in the photograph for obvious reasons.

The Saudis have a state policy of gender segregation between unrelated men and women that is rigorously enforced with beheadings and stonings, unless you're a man.

However, Saudi Arabia may be loosening some of its rules in the future. Its goals include increasing women's participation in the workforce from 22 percent to 30 percent--providing they cook, clean and allow their husbands sex-on-demand.

The prince said in his speech to the girl's council that women make up half of society. 

And coincidentally, women have half the rights as men.