Saudi officials proudly flaunted their first “Girls’ Council” but neglected to involve any women in the failed attempt to show how the oppressive country has moved forward.
Thirteen robed men on a stage introduced the Qassim Girls’ Council, an initiative intended to prove that Saudi Arabia has improved women’s rights, according to BBC News.
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Saudi Arabia launches girls’ council – without any girls https://t.co/gGIXG1ZhQO
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) March 14, 2017
The women reportedly contributed via a video link but were kept out of sight in another room due to the country’s strict segregation laws regarding men and women who are not related.
This is not a joke. I repeat, not a joke.
The first meeting of the first “Girls Council” in Saudi Arabiahttps://t.co/mlc16KNW08 pic.twitter.com/TMgbcF7gc8
— Rana H. (@RanaHarbi) March 13, 2017
“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,” Prince Faisal bin Mishal bin Saud, al-Qassim’s governor, told BBC News.
Saudi Arabia launches girls’ council – without any girls – BBC News – are we surprised? https://t.co/qGdHkMTRzv
— Simona Stanzani 詩文奈 (@simona_com) March 14, 2017
I know we’ve forgotten something …. I just can’t figure out what ….https://t.co/fEBxDz0ckx
— Honour McMillan ♔ (@HonourMcMillan) March 14, 2017
Pictures posted of the men on stage unleashed a torrent of scathing comments online.
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@RanaHarbi @ezralevant how progressive that they allow males on the girls council. Equal opportunity is alive and well!
— Flow Bro (@ThatTommyCkid) March 13, 2017
Satire? Comedy? No. This is actually happening: The very first meeting of the first “Girls Council” in Saudi Arabia… with ZERO girls. pic.twitter.com/MPmHsr9FCO
— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) March 13, 2017
Good news Saudi Arabia is launching a Girls’ Council. Bad news there are no girls on it!! #Doh https://t.co/xC2UpDFKpq
— Dr Irfan Malik (@dr_irfanmalik) March 14, 2017
— Anette (@The_StyleBubble) March 13, 2017
@RanaHarbi @EverydaySexism I’m no expert but I think there’s something missing there
— Jules Daly (@JulesMTdaly) March 13, 2017
Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt. It’s and easy mistake to make https://t.co/88so3bvhVb
— VanillaThunder (@GordonTheBeast) March 14, 2017
@BBCWorld They’re wearing robes, so we’re close..
— Tamara (@Tamelch) March 14, 2017
Saudi Arabia’s Qassim Women’s Council…
Wait a second. pic.twitter.com/MocKjWlxWC
— Kareem Chehayeb (@chehayebk) March 14, 2017
In a not-so-funny kind of way . . .
— #TrishTheDish (@panegron) March 13, 2017
Oh look, Saudi Arabia launched a girls’ council. Wow, so much GIRL POWER! ????? https://t.co/fH1j6M0iUw pic.twitter.com/xlr2aVIpl0
— Kübra Gümüşay (@kuebra) March 14, 2017
@BBCWorld . Looks like the Saudis are having thier own “day without women.”
— Tom Desrosier (@tgdesrosier) March 14, 2017
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