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,



Who's signing

Elise Cleva
Karl Koessel
Kathryn Christian
Bill Appledorf
Richard Rice
Jamie Franklin
Susan Withers
Keith Boswell
Matt Oyer
Joanne Thomas
Pang Thompson
Lois Way
Brandyn Blatchford
Justin Fulghum
rochelle house
Kevin O’Connor
Alain Bernard
Ryan W
Jordan Atkin
Ariel Gold
2,905 signatures

Will you sign?

Comments

  • Elise Cleva
    signed 2019-02-14 17:56:09 -0500
    Elise Cleva
  • Karl Koessel
    signed 2019-02-14 17:52:47 -0500
  • Kathryn Christian
    signed 2019-02-14 17:52:14 -0500
    Kathryn M. Christian
  • Bill Appledorf
    signed 2019-02-14 17:51:45 -0500
  • Richard Rice
    signed 2019-02-14 17:17:15 -0500
  • Jamie Franklin
    signed 2019-02-14 17:01:53 -0500
  • Susan Withers
    signed 2019-02-14 16:42:50 -0500
  • Keith Boswell
    signed via 2019-02-14 16:34:57 -0500
  • Matt Oyer
    signed 2019-02-14 16:19:58 -0500
  • Joanne Thomas
    signed 2019-02-14 15:38:53 -0500
  • Pang Thompson
    signed 2019-02-14 14:56:50 -0500
  • Lois Way
    signed 2019-02-14 14:42:56 -0500
  • Brandyn Blatchford
    signed 2019-02-14 14:42:26 -0500
  • Justin Fulghum
    signed via 2019-02-14 13:42:24 -0500
  • rochelle house
    signed 2019-02-14 13:33:22 -0500
  • Kevin O’Connor
    signed 2019-02-14 13:16:12 -0500
  • Oeil de Lynx #JeSoutiensVIeRépublique
    @albi2103 tweeted link to this page. 2019-02-14 13:08:43 -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=476485
  • Alain Bernard
    signed 2019-02-14 13:08:31 -0500
  • Ryan W
    signed via 2019-02-14 12:57:18 -0500
  • Jordan Atkin
    signed via 2019-02-14 12:15:41 -0500
  • Ariel Gold
    @ArielElyseGold tweeted link to this page. 2019-02-14 12:05:57 -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=686775
  • Ariel Gold
    signed 2019-02-14 12:05:43 -0500
//
//
2,905

people already signed this!