Tell Google and Apple: Stand with Saudi women, don’t facilitate the Saudi Guardianship system

The ultimate stalking tool for Saudi men: Google and Apple are offering an app in Saudi Arabia to assist men track the whereabouts of their wives, daughters, nieces, and employees. The app, called Absher, was created by the Saudi National Information Center, which is a project of the Saudi Ministry of Interior for the country’s guardianship system that requires women to get  permission from a husband, brother, uncle or other male guardian to engage in such basic things as obtaining a passport, traveling, getting married or divorced, and obtaining medical treatment.

The description of the app in Google and Apple stores says, "you [men] can safely browse your profile or your family members, or [laborers] working for you, and perform a wide range of eServices online."

In the past, Saudi women have needed paper forms signed by their male guardian to travel, but the Absher app makes the process more convenient for Saudi men and even more intrusive for Saudi women. The app provides men real-time text message alerts when women under their control try to leave or enter the country to prevent these women from leaving the country without explicit permission, reinforcing the sexist Saudi guardianship system. It’s demeaning, patronizing and abusive to  Saudi women.

Human Rights Watch has called on Apple and Google to either remove the app entirely from their stores or disable the features of the app that enable men to track women. Senator Ron Wyden has penned a letter to Apple and Google asking them to remove the app, stating, "it is hardly news that the Saudi monarchy seeks to restrict and repress Saudi women, but American companies should not enable or facilitate the Saudi government's patriarchy."

Add your name to our letter to Google and Apple demanding that they stop facilitating the  Saudi repression of women. Tell them to remove the Absher app from their stores.


Dear Google and Apple,

It is urgent that you remove the Absher from your app stores. This Saudi app assists Saudi men in tracking the whereabouts of their wives, daughters, nieces, and employees. The app reinforces Saudi Arabia’s guardianship system that requires women to have permission from a husband, brother, uncle or other male guardian in order to engage in such basic things as obtaining a passport, traveling, getting married or divorced, and obtaining medical treatment.

Human Rights Watch, Senator Ron Wyden, and numerous others have called on you to remove the app as it facilitates the Saudi government's repression of women.

Both of your app stores have policies banning inappropriate content such as the promotion of hate speech, graphic violence, bullying, and harassment.

The Absher app aids in extreme violations of women’s right and freedoms and should be considered “inappropriate content”. It is urgent you remove it.

Sincerely,



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  • Andy Adkins
    signed 2019-02-26 15:21:18 -0500
  • Greg Applegate
    signed 2019-02-26 14:57:09 -0500
  • Susanne Claussen
    signed 2019-02-26 14:25:36 -0500
    Susanne Claussen
  • Penelope Mazza
    signed 2019-02-26 11:57:35 -0500
  • Anthony Berg
    signed 2019-02-26 04:10:48 -0500
  • Meg Emry
    signed 2019-02-25 23:02:50 -0500
  • Frances Dunham
    signed 2019-02-25 20:12:54 -0500
  • Don Heyse
    signed 2019-02-25 18:38:21 -0500
  • Kelvin Bland
    signed 2019-02-25 15:45:47 -0500
  • Mary Zack
    signed 2019-02-25 15:33:18 -0500
  • maria fernandez
    signed 2019-02-25 13:13:37 -0500
  • Gary Weglarz
    signed 2019-02-24 19:21:09 -0500
  • Jodell S. Gabriel
    signed 2019-02-24 17:29:21 -0500
    Google and Apple your support of Absher app makes me wonder if there is a misogynist aspect in your corporations that should be made public.
  • glenda cimino
    signed 2019-02-24 16:42:06 -0500
  • Pat Holman
    signed 2019-02-24 15:02:02 -0500
  • Daniel Griffith
    signed 2019-02-24 01:42:24 -0500
  • Jose M
    signed 2019-02-24 01:31:39 -0500
  • J. Alessi
    signed 2019-02-23 23:47:23 -0500
  • Donia Connell
    signed 2019-02-23 23:30:27 -0500
  • Francis Collins
    signed 2019-02-23 19:57:28 -0500
    outragous
  • Raimo Kangasniemi
    signed 2019-02-23 14:02:09 -0500
  • Tsuyoshi Yamamoto
    signed 2019-02-23 06:36:57 -0500
    I stand with Saudi women oppressed by Islamic THEOCRACY of that kingdom in Arabia ruled by only Saudi king & prince family.
  • Robert Cook
    signed 2019-02-23 03:58:50 -0500
    Sic Semper Tyrannis
  • Claire Madden
    signed 2019-02-23 02:59:58 -0500
  • James Michael "Mike" Henderson
    signed 2019-02-23 00:03:06 -0500
  • Rani Lyons
    signed 2019-02-22 23:53:17 -0500
  • james nordlund
    signed 2019-02-22 22:57:50 -0500
  • Lisa Ronneberg
    signed 2019-02-22 19:45:09 -0500
  • Randy Weisbin
    signed 2019-02-22 19:40:11 -0500
  • Victor Escobar
    @sydbarrett74 tweeted link to this page. 2019-02-22 19:12:48 -0500
    Tell @Google and @Apple: Stand with Saudi women, don’t facilitate the Saudi Guardianship system. #DeleteAbsher #EndMaleGuardianship via CODEPINK https://www.codepink.org/absher?recruiter_id=724529
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