Gender equality is certainly a hot topic across the world today. Every day, advocates of feminism are doing what they can to help women enjoy equal opportunities in various aspects of the society. Modern women simply refuse to be regarded as the “weaker sex”.
Despite all the growing awareness about women’s rights, it is still an unfortunate fact that there are still some countries out there where females are deprived with even the most basic of privileges.
Take the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for example.
Sure, we may already be living in modern times but some long-standing customs and traditions in the country continue to be upheld today. Listed below are 8 things that women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to do unless they get permission from men.
#1. Get married.
If a woman decides to marry, her first step is to seek permission from her male guardian (also known as ‘wali’). Things could even get more complicated if the groom-to-be is a foreigner. In that case, permission from the ministry of interior has to be obtained as well.
#2. Receive a fair trial.
It might sound shocking to some but, yes, women in Saudi Arabia still are not able to enjoy a fair trial. Apparently, a woman’s testimony is only considered half the worth of a man’s testimony in court.
#3. Seek important medical treatment.
When going for a major, life-saving operation or any other important medical treatment, a woman has to get a written signature from a male relative.
#4. Have full custody of their children.
If a woman gets a divorce, they can only have custody of their children until they reach the ages of 7 (for boys) and 9 (for girls).
Yes, women are not permitted to travel without seeking permission from their male guardian. The same can also be said about getting passports, identification cards, and other travel-related documents.
#6. Create their own bank account.
Want to open your own bank account? Again, you need permission from a wali if you are a woman in Saudi Arabia.
#7. To dress for beauty
Women always have to dress in abayas whenever they are in public. This traditional long coat is worn over clothes because as a report tells us, “it is illegal for women in Saudi Arabia to dress for beauty.”
#8. Talk with men.
Interaction with men who are unrelated to them is extremely limited for the ladies. In public places, there are even designated ‘family’ sections and ‘men-only’ sections. Women are only allowed to stay in ‘family’ sections.
Archaeologists Claim They Discovered Santa Claus’ Tomb
There’s no easy way to say this, but Santa Claus is dead!
A recent archaeological discovery brings sad news for the children out there – Santa Claus is dead, and the researchers claim to have found his tomb. Well, kids, it seems like it’s about time to finally ditch the cookies and milk tradition every Christmas Eve.
According to the reports, a group of archaeologists discovered the tomb of Santa somewhere beneath the Demre church in Turkey. Keep in mind though we're talking about the real version of Santa Claus – no, not the fictional guy who hangs out with elves and reindeer somewhere in the North Pole. We’re talking about the real Saint Nicholas, the 4th-century guy who secretly gave gifts to people.
The old church they discovered is riddled with mosaics.
10 of the Most Terrifying Disasters Caused by Sleep Deprivation
Lack of sleep is deemed one of the major causes of massive disasters in history.
There are a million reasons why we need to have a good amount of sleep. First and foremost, it helps us function more efficiently and keeps us away from any form of sickness like common colds. It also allows us to retain key information and, more importantly, it reduces stress.
Apparently, though, a good number of people continue to deprive themselves of sleep. Hence they experience serious effects such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and severe impairment of cognitive functions. All of these prohibit us from becoming the best version of ourselves.
Around 70 percent of the total world population lacks sleep, which could lead to much more serious issues. In fact, some of the biggest disasters in history are rooted directly from sleep deprivation. And without further ado, here they are below....
Coca-Cola Produces 110 Billion Single-Use Plastic Bottles A Year, And It’s Getting Worse
This seriously poses a huge threat to nature.
When we talk about parties and/or celebrations, it’s difficult not to include Coca-Cola in the conversation. This one here seems to be the king of beverages, or at least this is what common knowledge tells us. And yes, this despite the rise of competitors in the market.
But while the popularity of Coca-Cola continues to flourish, there’s actually a sad truth involved. Its success means there’s an awful lot of plastic bottles out there - and we’re not even talking millions here. We’re considering billions. With a capital “B.”