Souad Al-Shammary Must Be Freed!

UPDATE: Our petition with got 78,147 signatures. We are so grateful to everyone who signed and shared the petition globally. Very happy to report that Souad Al-Shammary was freed Feb 2, 2015.

Here is a more recent article about Souad: A liberal mother of six jailed for challenging Saudi taboos

Souad Al-Shammary is a human/woman’s rights activist  who was recently arrested in Saudi Arabia. I was able to connect to Souad’s daughter who wanted to be a part of our Worldwide Women’s Support Circle petition/ campaign that has taken an interest in. has promoted this campaign and with their help the number of signatures has more than doubled in a few days, which is very important for our petition to make a significant difference.  Also within our petition site, there is a Saudi women to drive campaign link, since it was a woman activist for the driving campaign that put me in touch with the  wonderful and supportive representative. 

What came from the first draft of the petition to our latest draft is a plea from Souad’s daughter, which is very touching and powerful. To be able to connect to Souad’s daughter and to directly support her and her family is a miracle of todays technology.  Souad’s daughter shared directly with me that all she and her family want is for their mother to be released from prison. Connecting to Souad’s daughter and having such wonderful support from has touched my heart deeply and inspire me to do all I can to make sure that the world is aware of Souad’s arrest.

This brave woman, Souad Al-Shammary has done nothing wrong. She has challenged the system, and in the case of the female gender in Saudi Arabia and so many other places globally, the system must be challenged! Women aren’t children, and they shouldn’t be treated as such. They have thoughts, dreams, they are intelligent and amazing beings and their voices need to be heard. I recently came across this latest insanity to control the female gender in Saudi.  Saudi Arabia’s Religious Police Outlaw ‘Tempting Eyes’ The religious police in Saudi want a ban/law to enforce women to not have “tempting eyes.” This ridiculous idea, thanks to the media quickly spread to all parts of the earth. Who is going to be the judge of whether women have tempting eyes or not? How many girls and women will suffer from this ban by men who think its their duty to enforce this crazy idea? These religious police in Saudi want to use  fear and intimidation to stop women who have the courage to speak our against male guardianship laws, and for religious freedom and driving. These examples of human/women’s rights violations if not challenged, will put women even further behind than they are now. If these men get away with this, then how many other ultra conservative men will pick up on this, how many  girls and women who are already extremely oppressed, abused and who are suffering in Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and  Africa, will suffer even more?

We need men to speak up. If the men don’t speak up for women in a place like Saudi Arabia, then who will? If men globally don’t become advocates for equality and freedom for our sisters, then they will continue to suffer in so many countless ways. We need people everywhere to say, “Enough is enough!”

Since I have started the Worldwide Women’s Support Circle Facebook page, which was partly inspired by Manal Al-Sharif and her you tube woman to drive campaign video in 2011, I really had no idea of the status of women in Saudi or elsewhere. I had no idea of the extent of suffering and oppression that millions of women are suffering from globally. The more I learned the more I realized that the reason our world is so messed up is directly related to female gender issues like these examples I share daily on my Facebook pages and groups. For more information on the Saudi women to drive campaign, please check out this TED talk with Manal Al- Sharif:
Humanity has so much potential that we aren’t accessing. What we much do is consider, what can we do as individuals and collectively? In listening to an audio book by Malcolm Gladwell, about David and Goliath ( David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (Audible Audio Edition): Malcolm Gladwell: Books) it shows the many examples of those who are weak or oppressed and how their efforts,  even to the extent of sacrificing their lives, how their ideas, their actions create great victories and progress for humanity. Look at what men like Buddha, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad accomplished and how in their way, they did the best with their lives to help humanity.  Look at what Gandhi accomplished and the progress of the civil rights movement that was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. How many nameless women struggled for their freedom and rights so that women today have the right to drive, have a business, own our homes, travel and do whatever we want to be fully human. Consider the countless other brave souls who are working to make our world a better place like Souad Al-Shammary. What we as individuals and collectively must realize is that is it up to us to do all we can to make this world a better place. Petitions make a difference! We need as many people as possible signing petitions and speaking out about human rights and freeing the female gender from the slavery and oppression they have endured for so many countless generations.

So please, take a few moments to sign these petitions.  Know that your voice and your actions matter!  Know how much your support is appreciated!

Rose Winstanley-Trefz

SIGN HERE:   freedom_chains

1 thought on “Souad Al-Shammary Must Be Freed!

  1. It is totally out of line with the Spirit and Teaching’s of GOD to mistreat and do harm to
    women, mother’s, girls, sister’s,etc. Every female is a daughter of GOD. Why are men
    so ignorant of the returning negative consequences to their own selves when they harm the daughter(s) of GOD. They were given free will to see what they do with it. How can they believe that the restriction’s against another’s freedom will not boomerang and
    strike them when they least expect it. That is a guaranteed Universal Law. Read it in the
    ” Holy Book’s.

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