Saudi sisters ask Google and Apple to remove ‘inhuman’ male guardianship app

Saudi sisters fled country ad family members they say abused them

photo-A SAUDI WOMAN IN RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA, JANUARY 2, 2017. (REUTERS/FAISAL AL NASSER)

Two Saudi sisters who fled their country and the family members they say abused them are calling on Google and Apple to ban an “inhuman” app developed by the Saudi government.

Maha and Wafa al-Subaie, who escaped Saudi Arabia after stealing their father’s phone and using it to give themselves permission to travel to Istanbul, are speaking out against Absher, a government e-services app that can be used by men to monitor and control women’s movements under the country’s repressive male guardianship system.

According to the al-Subaie sisters, Google and Apple’s continued refusal to remove Absher from their platforms amounts to complicity in the Saudi government’s systemic oppression of women.

“It gives men control over women,” said Wafa. “They have to remove it.”

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