Whether it’s poverty, gender equality, or corruption, if you’re living there or raising a family there, they’re your issues too.We as expats have the power and the responsibility to make a positive difference in our host countries. Mandi is an American woman who grew up in the Midwest, never dreaming that her life would take her halfway around the world.Even when my tall, dark, and handsome Saudi walked into the bar where we met, even when this friend of a friend became my lover, then my husband, and the father of my child, I never imagined that his , just outside my heavily curtained window.READ MORE: Doha: My Perfect Day But nearly 10 years after that meeting, here I sit, in the country’s capital, enjoying a nice warm breeze blowing through said curtains on a typical February afternoon.Isn’t that the way all causes for change around the world work?They don’t matter as much when they’re not a threat to our way of life.
The quality of life of a Saudi woman depends entirely on her family, namely the male members.
Her guardian may be her father, her husband, her uncle, her brother, or even her own son.
A woman cannot travel, attend university, work, or marry without her guardian’s permission.
When I first decided to come to Saudi to live, I was aware of certain hurdles facing the women here.
I knew about the rule that said only men can drive.