Saudi women use music to seek equal rights

Despite Saudi Arabia being one of the world's richest countries because of its massive oil reserves, women are treated very much like second-class citizens due to Islamic Sunni laws.

This leads most women in Saudi Arabia to live out their lives in a male-dominated, apartheid-style society.

But the lyrics to the song posted on social media make a strong stand about the oppressive regime, and include phrases such as:

"If only God would rid us of men!"

"Men make us mentally ill"

"They're making us go crazy"

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that still prohibits women from driving. 

Another controversial cultural rule is the country's guardianship system.

Under Saudi law, every woman must have a male guardian to basically rule their lives for them (usually their father, brother husband or uncle).

Women need their guardian's permission to pursue:

  • marriage and divorce
  • travel
  • education
  • employment
  • opening a bank account
  • medical help

Most regions in the country do not allow women to even go outside unless they are covered head to toe in a niqab full-body veil. 

If a woman is seen talking to a man they are not related to, then they can be charged with adultery or prostitution.

But women were granted one small victory in 2015, having been granted the right to vote, albeit in local municipal council elections.