Thousands of Saudis sign petition to end male guardianship of women

Saudi women hold national flags during Saudi National Day in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Friday.
Saudi women hold national flags during Saudi National Day in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Friday. Photograph: Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters

Thousands of Saudis have signed an online petition calling for the government to abolish the country’s guardianship system, which prevents women from engaging in fundamental tasks without the permission of a male relative.