Saudi Arabia, a model Islamic country, has introduced technology that alerts male “guardians” by text whenever women under their guardianship leave the country.
The kingdom already bans women from driving and excludes them from most workplaces. It also disapproves of women’s sport. Since last week it has been operating a new electronic system that tracks all cross-border movements.
The system functions even if a woman is travelling with her husband or male guardian, with a text sent immediately to the man. Saudi women must get formal approval from their guardians to travel abroad, and have to hand in an yellow slip, signed by a male, at the airport or border.