News from Saudi Arabia indicates there just might be a slight opening in the area of women rights in the sharia dominated nation in which clerics call the shots on what women are allowed do. There is strong evidence women will shortly be allowed to appear in courts and defend women if the case involves issues of family life. Justice Minister Mohammed al Issa said legislation to allow this change is being prepared. If this happens, it will be the first time women can appear in a government function where they interact with males without having any of their own male members present. Women currently can work in social agencies defending women, but they are not allowed to do anything in which men are present.
All judges in Saudi Arabia are male. If women lawyers can defend women in court they will be arguing in front of a male. One small step for human dignity.