KSA After Manahil Al-Otaibi wandered without a hijab .. Does Saudi Arabia lift restrictions on women's dress?

KSA After Manahil Al-Otaibi wandered without a hijab .. Does Saudi Arabia lift restrictions on women's dress?

Challenging customs and traditions, women's activist Manahil Al-Otaibi decided to go out on a tour of the streets of Riyadh, wearing tight sportswear without a headscarf.

The Saudi activist documented her experience in a video she then posted on her Twitter account.

And enclosed the passage with the following tweet: "Yesterday was a day of luck... It was happiness began to answer the streets of Riyadh street by street."

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The video, which lasts no more than 50 seconds, shows a girl walking on a sub street in a residential neighborhood without a cloak.



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The activist noted in her tweet that she had not been harassed or held accountable by the police, which is remarkable in a country whose authorities have already pursued girls who revolt against the restrictions of the uniform (hijab and cloak).


 
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"By dealing with the traffic patrols and their respectful reaction with me, I discovered that the regime circulated and that the crown prince was sincere when he said (women have the right to wear like a man)," Manahel elaborated on her experience.





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Activists argue that the Manahel experiment was a blessing by the authorities to test society's acceptance of a new step that could pave the way for the removal of restrictions on women's clothing. In their view, a girl would not venture into an experiment that would upset the authorities, while feminists defying the regime lie behind bars.






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On the other hand, activists played down the experience because it took place in a narrow street and considered it a movement to draw attention.

The pioneers of social networking sites emptied all the stock of insults and criticism of the girl and her appearance, and some of them even amount to delve into her honor and threat.


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Others have also launched several hashtags (most notably #Anti_Analysis #Stop_Tamper) demanding to address women who follow the lead and depart from customs and traditions.

One man wrote a letter to the Public Prosecutor Office calling for the activist to be referred to the investigation.

One accused Manahel of running after fame, while al-Zarqi's account holder considered her experience "a cause of moral decay in society."







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"The girl was ridiculed by some, just because she demanded her right to wear what she wanted. She is not naive. But restricting freedoms and violating rights made the individual in our society dream of the simplest things."






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"It's very natural to see and hear such criticisms, especially when they are linked to a Saudi girl who has gone beyond their usual norms," she says.

"I did not seek fame. What I wanted through this simple video was to send a message to the world that Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, will one day become the capital of equality where women have the right to men."

"I am just a Saudi girl who cannot stand a life where all rights are taken away and all freedoms are restricted."







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Manahil points out that Saudi law does not impose the cloak on women, adding that "wearing it is a custom that everyone used to apply, believing that the state system imposes it."

Manahel's experience seems to have encouraged others to call for "breaking male guardianship on their clothes," they said.

Along with conservative views, voices and calls for the completion of the latest reform package for women in their travel have begun to rise, with others supporting their freedom from restrictions on their dress.







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Saudi Arabia has launched a hashtag calling for students to be allowed to wear pants inside universities.

#University_Universities were able to book an advanced position in the list of hashtag most traded in Saudi Arabia, recording more than 22 thousand tweets in less than 24 hours.

A few days ago, the "I Am Rushaba" on the Niqab campaign was active, urging Saudi women to challenge the wearing of the niqab, by burning it and throwing it into the garbage.






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These hashtags pose the following questions to the interface: Will these virtual campaigns become reality? How will conservative currents deal with him?

While some view this demand with suspicion and interpret it in a way that links it to dissolution and the destruction of identity, others see it as an urgent necessity.

But is the external appearance a measure of women's freedom and behavior? This is what the following Tweets are trying to answer.

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