So women lawyers in Saudi Arabia are finding it tough going in the Kingdom of Radical Islam?
What else could surprise us more in this relentlessly mysongist and misanthropic disaster-zone country than women finding it tough?
After all, this is the home of the original Wahhabi radical Islam, something the Huffington Post recently described as the “fountainhead of Islamic terrorism”. The Kingdom, despite its princes cavorting and snorting their way through European capitals, is facing oil revenue slumps but a great boon in beheadings – yes folks, they’ve already beheaded 82 people this year alone.
So why would women be worried or concerned about “progress” in such a place?
It’s been five years since they were able to practice law, but since 2013 only 67 female lawyers have been licenced and they have major procedural issues in trying to make progress in their chosen profession.
Saudi Gazette reports that recently graduated female lawyers have failed to receive proper training like the first batch. Moreover, the government has put special conditions on those who practice the profession, most importantly, a three-year training at a law office.
Nawal Ahmed, who is a new law graduate, highlighted the problems facing female lawyers during the training as most law firms lack facilities to train women. “This situation is negatively affecting our professional progress,” she said.
Bayan Zahran, the first Saudi woman to get a chance for presenting the case of her client at the court, said a lawyer should get adequate training to defend her client successfully.
“New graduates should get good training and it’s our duty to support them,” she told Al-Madina Arabic daily. A lawyer should obtain five-year license to train new graduates.