Robot “Sophia” granted Saudi citizenship has sparked backlash on social media

Women in Saudi Arabia have scorned the government’s decision to grant citizenship to a female robot who, unlike them, does not need a male guardian or have to cover her head in public. The creation of the world’s first cyborg citizen is the latest surprise announcement from the Sunni Muslim kingdom, which granted women the right to drive last month and to watch events in all-male sports stadiums for the first time next year.
“It hit a sore spot that a robot has citizenship and my daughter doesn’t,” Hadeel Shaikh, a Saudi woman whose four-year-old child with a Lebanese man does not have citizenship.  Women married to foreigners in the gender-segregated nation cannot pass on citizenship to their children.
A guardianship system in Saudi Arabia also requires male family members to grant permission for a woman to study abroad, travel, and other activities. “I’m wondering if robot Sophia can leave Saudi Arabia without her guardian’s consent!” tweeted Saudi feminist, Moudi Aljohani, who is based in the United States.
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