Yesterday evening a friend called to say she had some potentially good news. She heard that there would be a new law that gave non-Saudi mothers of Saudi children more rights, including medical care, education, and best of all, they would no longer need a sponsor to remain in the Kingdom. They would be on equal standing with Saudi women.
I was happy to hear the news, but skeptical since news like this tends to circulate through the rumor mill and nothing ever comes of it. But then another friend called. And then a few readers emailed. And then it was on the news…Al Arabiya…a big news channel, and then the English newspapers. Whatsapp messages poured in and Facebook links were posted. And then I couldn’t sleep.
For the first time in a long time I’m feeling optimistic about my personal future in the Kingdom. To think that I could actually go back to school, that I could work legally, and that my marriage could finally come to a peaceful end is overwhelming to me. I had accepted that I will never have a life here, never get to work on my personal goals, and always be stuck with a sponsor, but with these new laws, things could drastically change for the better for me and so many other women in situations like mine.
Things progress slowly here in Saudi, but they do progress eventually, and I couldn’t be happier with this latest development!
Here’s an article on the new law. What are your thoughts on all of this, readers?