Traditions of Saudi Arabia against women are well known and do not give rest to human rights organizations, but now the issue has become even more relevant in the App Store and Google Play find the application of the government of Saudi Arabia Absher. It allows men to monitor the movements of their relatives and to limit their travel.
The app runs as a service of the Ministry of internal Affairs of the country. With it, citizens can obtain a passport, register a vehicle or to pay for metered Parking. Another option is control over women, which men can connect and monitor the movement of kinsfolk, forbid them to leave Saudi Arabia and to choose where they can go, and where not. And the man on the phone will receive messages about the movement of women.
Experts came to the conclusion that the application violates the policy both online stores and representatives of human rights organization Amnesty International said that the service violates the rights of women.
“We urge Apple and Google to assess the risk of violations of the rights of women, which contributes to the application. The use of Absher to limit the freedom of movement of women underscores the danger of the system of discrimination and the need for genuine reforms in the field of human rights in the country,” the organization said. There’s also added that in Saudi Arabia the necessary reforms in the field of human rights, not just economic or social.
Reviews of Absher app in GooglePlay huge number of negative comments. Users criticize the fact of the existence of the service. At the same time, it has appreciated by about 28 thousand people, putting him a rating of 4.6 out of five.
“Harmful and dangerous application that should not exist or be allowed. I really want this app one star and pointed to his flag.”
“The app allows men to Saudi Arabia to monitor and restrict travel of Saudi women, thereby violating human rights. Google should remove the app from your platform.”
“The ugly app that allows men to demean women. Google and Apple have to clean it up”.
“What makes me really mad? The app is free and available on AppStore. This means that Apple and Google accomplices Saudis”.
Saudi women are not very lucky with the traditions. In a very “Wahhabite” families, the man is allowed everything and the woman nothing. The Patriarchal system of the country requires a woman to ask if she could go to school, to marry, to walk or to travel. The ladies can even be arrested for disobedience. In Saudi Arabia in the application Absher was 11 million people.
American journalist and activist Mona Eltahawy received a letter from one of the Saudi women, saying that fighting for justice activists are forgetting one thing: Absher is a symptom, not the problem itself. According to the girl, this service is not as bad as they say people who are not citizens of Saudi Arabia.
“Public pressure on Apple and Google can become an even bigger problem for Saudi women. This app is disgusting, of course, but it was more beneficial to women than Vice versa. Those who wanted to run away, you can do this with the permission from the app, which previously could not be done using papers and previous bureaucratic system. My father had to fill a lot of documents to send us on a journey. As you can imagine, this process was more difficult. Guards (as in the country they call men with very Patriarchal views — approx. ed.) have always used this as an excuse to leave the woman at home. Absher — terrible, terrible app, but the alternative is worse”, — she wrote.
Looks like service.
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First step: to enter the woman’s name and passport details. Step two: choose how many times a woman can travel. Step three: how much time she can travel.
Us Senator Ron Weiden wrote to Apple’s CEO Tim cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichay, urging them to immediately remove the app Absher.
In an interview with NPR, Apple CEO Tim cook said, “I didn’t know about this, but we will investigate”. Google declined to comment.
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