Saudi Arabia just announced a first of its kind in the Middle East: the creation of an all-girls council in the al-Qassim province, according to the BBC, to help support girls and women in the region. However, there was one tiny detail left out: females.
A picture circulated online (above) of the 13 men of the Qassim Girls Council at the first meeting. Unfortunately, due to Islamic law, the women couldn’t be in the same room as the men and heard about the council watching a video link in a completely separate location.
Even less inclusive, the council chair is Princess Abir bint Salman, the wife of Saudi Prince Faisal bin Mishal bin Saud, but she, too, was not on the stage with the men.
The BBC reports:
In Saudi Arabia, a state policy of gender segregation between unrelated men and women is rigorously enforced.
But the country may be moving toward loosening some of its rules as part of its Vision 2030 programme.
Its goals included increasing women's participation in the workforce from 22% to 30%.
In his speech to launch the girls' council, Prince Faisal said women make up half of society, although looking at that picture, you would not know it.
Of course, the British news network couldn’t resist a comparison to Donald Trump. The report included a picture of President Trump signing an abortion-related order in the Oval Office surrounded by Vice President Mike Pence, Reince Priebus, and three other men as a commentary on the lack of women present -- as if there aren't any women in high positions of authority in the Trump administration.
Bad form, BBC.