Robyn Urback: Saudi Arabia takes a monumental step in fighting violence against women

There is so much to consider here. One, cultural relevance. Many women feel that the issue about the niqab is not something that is relevant now when intrinsic rights over reproductive rights and educational rights, if relevant at all. These women are still Muslims, and so their sense of what is modest is not on the same pages as what, say, the US says what is modest. Ask yourself: what is more important? Projecting a set of foreign ideals onto a “backward” society, or fighting for universal harmony? Those two are not synonymous. Two, everything takes small steps. Congratulations to Saudi Arabia. I’m glad to see that a difference is beginning to be made, internationally and publicly. Slowly, slowly. It’s frustrating to see how little progress is being made, but still, things are looking up.

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