These are really bright days in the history of the kingdom, and am more than proud to be living during the days of such days..
For those who don't follow the news, you really missed some historical dates.. Recently, The Jeddah court of law appointed a woman to be incharge of her family's endowment (waqf), and she's practically the first official woman to be assigned with such a task.. Moreover, Women in the Eastern Province are becoming an important part of the decsion making in the Chamber of Commerce, following the election of two business women.. This all a strong continuation to what the King started early 2009, by assigning the first women as a Deputy minister, following his philosophy of social reform..
It is truly a milestone reached, and it surely sprouts change in each direction it shines on.. 3+ women in the face of the 23 million population is a small number, but they're strong baby steps, and its already leading more change on it's way.. (If you're not from Saudi Arabia, then believe me when i say, this is BIG news)
The king is currently in his mid 80's, and for the short period it was since he was appointed king, he sure made deep footsteps towards the change that our society longed for for ages..
However, am skeptic in how well these changes are absorbed within the middle men of the administrations, being that there is a possible chance of their resistance to change to outlast the king himself.. Am afraid we're not even close of ensuring the continuity of change, unless the King discovers a fountain of youth somewhere around the country.. And if this proves anything, it proves that change should happen from two sides of the spectrum: the ruler and the ruled.. Our support to major decisions is crucial, but the existence of these decisions are more crucial to begin with..
The Saudi society has proved it's lazy about initiating change, with the many social stigmas we come across, some choose to face them head on, while the a whole lotta others choose to ignore and "live and let die" kind of approach.. And it's only when a royal decree or a major administrative initiative takes place that we can finally reach out for new change and reform.. And this proves, more than anything, the major role the government should take into shaping the reform people need.. I remember blogging before about how Society points fingers at the government for not allowing change, and how the government shows openness to change but points fingers at how people are not ready..
News flash! Saudi people will never be fully ready, and it's foolish to wait for full acceptance of the people of any decree, and that was present 10 years ago.. Change should be from above, and supported from below, and the hell with those in the middle who stand in the face of reform.. I, for one, want change in my life time, and I want my children to see this kingdom for what it can truly be, not for the sad reality it was, and still presists in other major parts of our everyday life.. Some say change takes time, and it is naturally slow.. The past 5 years proves otherwise to the potential this country can achieve..
I just hope this spirit of change, as small as it seems to be starting, to grow into the big wheel driving full-speed towards what the citizens of this kingdom deserve.. Restoration of rights, ackowledgement of existence and the mutual respect of thoughts and expressions..
Dreamy? Well, at least am allowed to.. - keyword : at least -