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Dr. Qanta Ahmed on the Situation of Women in Saudi Arabia: Study Found Mentally Retarded Women Used as Baby Factory

Society & Culture  (tags: Saudi Arabia, mentally retarded women, baby factories, abuse, women's rights )

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The human slave, who cannot drive, who cannot travel without male permission, who cannot even shop for groceries without a male guardian. Women who have no male relative have extremely difficult circumstances. Any male, even a small 4 year old, has

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Beth S (330)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 10:02 am
The human slave, who cannot drive, who cannot travel without male permission, who cannot even shop for groceries without a male guardian. Women who have no male relative have extremely difficult circumstances. Any male, even a small 4 year old, has greater authority over an adult female than any female has. Even custody of children automatically go to the father or the father’s family. The women are basically like a shadow in the house.

British origin Dr. Qanta Ahmed is speaking at the event, “Profiles in Courage: Human Rights Defenders in the Struggle to End Violence Against Women,” parallel event in connection with the 2013 annual session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, March 4, 2013.

Dr. Qanta Ahmed in a human rights activist, associate professor of Medicine at the State University of New York (Stony Brook), author of In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom.

Dr. Ahmed talks about a case of a woman in Saudi Arabia who had been found to be mentally retarded, a case she was asked not to publish. This woman was kept as a ‘breeding machine’ – basically a human slave. The husband kept a second wife while she had been kept at her parents house and only used for impregnation. After being impregnated she was then relocated to her parents home to give birth to the children. The children were then taken from the mother, and had no idea who their own mother was. When this case was being investigated the woman had already given birth to 6 children. She had no permission to connect or meet with her own children.

Welcome to Wahhabism and the right’s of women living under Islam.

Jonathan Smithsonian (3)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 10:12 am

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 10:37 am
Unbelievably disgusting culture or lack of. Thanks Beth

Madhu Pillai (22)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 1:54 pm
Terrible situation for women in this country, but USA is a great friend of Saudi!

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 2:09 pm
This is despicable.

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 2:27 pm
Well the UN or rest of the world accepts all these goings on in these countries so what can you do I read awhile ago that the beheadings in Saudi were rising No one does anything As said the West seems to be friends with these places Must be the oil so once again Money comes before human rights and morals All the Western leaders are hypocrites

Stan B (123)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 2:28 pm
What an awful fate to be born a woman in one of these radical Islamic hell-holes!!

. (0)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 3:03 pm
Noted & posted

Birgit W (160)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 5:23 pm
What an educational video. My heart goes out to all the women and girls who have to live this way. Thanks Beth.

Helen Porter (39)
Sunday October 13, 2013, 9:44 pm
This is the kind of thing that perpetuates itself through the ages. Men abuse the women terribly who finally get lucky and die but then reincarnate as men who now abuse their reincarnated male abusers who are now women. ..... "eye for an eye....tooth for a tooth" .

When will we learn the law, "What you do to others will be done to you."?


There's another rule that seems to hold true which tightens the bindings. Someone who is abused will later find themselves in a reverse situation. Before, as the abused, they were victims and they learned who wins!!! or appears to win.

In order to survive they adopted many of the behaviors of the abuser. An example is the abused child who, in turn, grows up to abuse their children. This has been researched and found to be true. A study was done and every murderer was found to have had a nightmare childhood. Then the executioner was studied. He also had had a nightmare childhood.

The abused becomes the abuser.

The wheel turns and the wheel turns and we are all bound to the wheel.

Hell is eternal and revolves UNTIL we learn to return good for evil.

I do believe beloved Israel is learning that lesson now.

May I do as well.

Monday October 14, 2013, 9:53 am
This will only end when the women make a stand. Unfortunately the majority of Muslim women meekly follow the system.

Marie W (67)
Monday October 14, 2013, 8:18 pm
Just what the GOP wants for USA.

Jeanne R (1203)
Monday October 14, 2013, 8:45 pm
Thank you.

Barbara T (431)
Monday October 14, 2013, 8:56 pm
Saudi Arabia gets A TON OF MONEY from the U.S. Military... that's from US, the U.S. taxpayers... because they are our MILITARY ALLIES... and that U.S. aid is in turn, USED TO BUY U.S. MILITARY CONTRACTORS' PRODUCTS.... a Sweetheart Deal if there ever was one!

YOUR TAXPAYERS MONEY IS FLOWING LIKE BLOOD..... and WILL, in the foreseeable future, unless you STOP THE MILITARY from giving these super-wealthy guys MORE of YOUR money...
"Unfortunately the majority of U.S. taxpayers meekly follow the system..." How true!

Bernard: "Unfortunately the majority of Muslim women meekly follow the system."
That is NOT TRUE.
It only APPEARS TO YOU TO BE TRUE, because most of the time, any news to the contrary is SUPPRESSED.
Every once-in-a-while, a little bit, a TINY FRAGMENT, does get out.
Even if it is a "minority" of Muslim Women who are NOT "meek followers", they are a TOUGH BUNCH and will PREVAIL IN THE END, given enough time.
They need OUR ENCOURAGEMENT - and NOT to be disclaimed as if they didn't even exist!
And I imagine it is probably a SIZABLE MINORITY, if a minority, who resist! one way or another, even "passive resistance"...
Muslim Women are not "racially" more prone to "meekness" than other Women are.....
One could give some outstanding examples right here - but, you ought to educate YOURSELVES on this important topic...

Barbara T (431)
Monday October 14, 2013, 9:00 pm
Dr. Qanta Ahmed is, herself, a Muslim Woman, if I am not mistaken...
and there are MANY others, I have SEEN them, READ what they have to say....
They exist here on Care2, also!

I don't have any patience with STEREOTYPES...
Even, or especially, if they ARE the exact STEREOTYPES that some Bigoted Theocratic Muslim Mis-leaders of their people WANT everybody to have!

Patricia Martinez (63)
Monday October 14, 2013, 9:27 pm

Dr. Ahmed is a cool lady. She does profess to be a Muslim. She said her parents are very feminist. Islamic feminism, while desperately needed, is by far not your typical Muslim attitude. It is greatly at odds with Islam, which largely views and treats women as chattel. Maybe Islam must be changed by its women becoming empowered, by women such as Dr. Ahmed.

I give her lots of credit for speaking at a U.N. Watch function. She shows a lot of independence, because most other Muslim women would have shunned this format, if for no other reason than for being beaten for attending something that has repeatedly called attention to the crimes against women and female children in Islamic countries.

Vivien G (153)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 2:40 am
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Caroline S (78)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 3:15 am
My heart goes out to all the women who have absolutely no rights, who must live as human slaves in this country and don’t dare to resist, by ignorance or out of fear for their life. And I admire the activists like Qanta Ahmed for standing up for their rights!

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 12:24 pm
Totally disgusting!!

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday October 15, 2013, 1:32 pm
Thank you, Beth, for sharing this video to help our sisters. Women must fight for one another. The horror of the treatment of this woman about whom Dr. Qanta Ahmed speaks and all women in Saudi Arabia is despicable. These are crimes against humanity, and we must have petitions to the President and the UN to demand equal treatment for women. We must also fight for the 88% of Pakistani women who are currently in prison for having been raped and held responsible for a crime of which they are innocent victims. In addition, we must demand for the UN to throw the Pakistan representatives off of the seats in the Human Rights Commission. (n?, p, t)

Winnie A (179)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 6:57 am
What a tragedy for the women of this country. Will the brutality never end?

Jamie Clemons (282)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 10:05 am
Why would they treat retarded women over there any better than the rest of the women that they treat as cattle.

Lydia M (80)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 2:23 pm
Thanks Beth for this 'Interesting' article, which depicts such Apalling Practices, done in the name of "Culture".

Lydia M (80)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 2:25 pm
And Tradition...

Angelene B (148)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 10:47 pm
The struggle for equality will never end

Robert Hardy (68)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 11:04 pm
Where did such treatment of women begin? And why. It is wrong.

Trina Hawkins (24)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 2:30 am
Noted ! Just Sad that so many woman and girls are treated this way ! But when we Shoot one of those Control Freaks We pay ! So who Will Protect US ? The cops sure don't care ! We must Stand STRONG ! As Humans,and DEMAND to be treated with RESPECT ! I Pray one day these women will have the freedom and equality they deserve ! No one should have to live as a SLAVE ! :(

Yvette S (35)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 4:22 am
Thanks for posting

Connie O (44)
Monday October 21, 2013, 7:32 pm
This is so wrong... : (
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