SAUDI LAUNCHED QASSIM GIRLS’ COUNCIL WITH ZERO GIRLS IN SIGHT BECAUSE THEY WERE KEPT OUT OF SIGHT IN ANOTHER ROOM
( Daily Mail ) Saudi officials have been mocked for launching a Girls’ Council without any girls at the launch.
It was meant to be an initiative to show the world the kingdom had moved on from oppressing women’s rights, but when the Qassim Girls’ Council was formed, the authorities appeared to have omitted a key ingredient at the launch event.
Instead 13 men introduced the initiative on stage, while it was reported the women were kept out of site in another room and contributed via video link.
The picture of the group of men on stage has sparked a wave of criticism online.
Prince Faisal bin Mishal bin Saud, al-Qassim’s governor, spearheaded the launch, and even said he was proud to be a part of the first initiative of its kind in Saudi Arabia.
‘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,’he said, according to the BBC.
Rana Harbi posted the picture with the caption: ‘This is not a joke. I repeat, not a joke. The first meeting of the first “Girls Council” in Saudi Arabia.’
Fellow writer did the same with a caption reading: ‘Satire? Comedy? No.
‘This is actually happening: The very first meeting of the first “Girls Council” in Saudi Arabia… with ZERO girls.’