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Women's Rights In Saudi Arabia

EDM number 287 in 2013-14, proposed by Katy Clark on 20/06/2013.
Categorised under the topics of Equality, Middle East and Sex discrimination.

That this House expresses concern at the continuing guardianship policy in Saudi Arabia which prohibits women from travelling, participating in higher education, marrying, conducting official business or undergoing certain medical procedures without permission of a male guardian; believes such a policy fundamentally harms the interests of women in the kingdom and draws attention to a case highlighted in Human Rights Watch's 2013 world report where a woman seriously injured in a car accident which had killed her husband had an operation delayed due to not having a male guardian to authorise the procedure; opposes further discriminatory policies such as the ban on female drivers and expresses solidarity with campaigns such as Women2Drive which is seeking to overturn these; is disappointed that in custody disputes courts in the kingdom typically award custody of female children over the age of seven and male children over the age of nine to the father; expresses particular concern about the plight of female migrant domestic workers who require a sponsor's consent to change jobs or leave the country and often face severe psychological, physical and sexual abuse; and calls on the UK Government to publicly oppose all gender discrimination in practice and law in Saudi Arabia, make representations to its Saudi counterparts pressing them to safeguard women's rights in the kingdom as a matter of urgency and place women's rights at the centre of its relationship with the kingdom.

This motion has been signed by a total of 32 MPs.

Katy Clark20/06/2013North Ayrshire and ArranLabourProposed
Kelvin Hopkins20/06/2013Luton NorthLabourSeconded
Jeremy Corbyn20/06/2013Islington NorthLabourSeconded
Paul Flynn20/06/2013Newport WestLabourSeconded
Linda Riordan20/06/2013HalifaxLabourSeconded
David Ward20/06/2013Bradford EastLiberal DemocratSeconded
John Leech24/06/2013Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Mark Durkan24/06/2013FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Alan Meale24/06/2013MansfieldLabourSigned
Dennis Skinner24/06/2013BolsoverLabourSigned
Jim Shannon24/06/2013StrangfordDUPSigned
Margaret Ritchie24/06/2013South DownSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
David Simpson25/06/2013Upper BannDUPSigned
Andrew George25/06/2013St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Virendra Sharma25/06/2013Ealing, SouthallLabourSigned
Jonathan Edwards25/06/2013Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned
Mike Hancock26/06/2013Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Martin Caton26/06/2013GowerLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell26/06/2013Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Naomi Long26/06/2013Belfast EastAllianceSigned
Lady Hermon26/06/2013North DownIndependentSigned
Ian Lavery27/06/2013WansbeckLabourSigned
Jim Dobbin27/06/2013Heywood and MiddletonLabourSigned
John McDonnell27/06/2013Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned
Caroline Lucas27/06/2013Brighton, PavilionGreenSigned
Elfyn Llwyd27/06/2013Dwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruSigned
Peter Bottomley03/07/2013Worthing WestConservativeSigned
Mary Glindon04/07/2013North TynesideLabourSigned
Andrew Stunell08/07/2013Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratSigned
Martin Horwood15/07/2013CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
David Crausby18/07/2013Bolton North EastLabourSigned
Alasdair McDonnell11/09/2013Belfast SouthSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned

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