How to Reconcile Segregation and Equality

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Mona al-Ankary:

Today, women are capable of engaging in civil activities and are also capable of holding high-level posts. However, women’s participation in society must be governed by the regulations of Islamic sharia law, so that they are not rushed in before everything has been arranged and organized. Women must be allowed to work freely within a female-only environment, without the possibility of mixing with males. Modern technology today can help, through the use of teleconferences, e-mail, and so on.

Gender segregation remains a core issue for many Saudi conservative women activists like al-Ankary, and they see it as a precondition to gain more political and social rights.

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