Traditionally, ‘Saudi women hardly ever talk about their health problems for fear their husbands will see them as damaged goods.’
“I also learned that the religious authorities were in a tizzy (no surprise here) over the fact that women would be gathering together en masse.
‘Women had never been allowed to attend any events in the stadium’
Estimates suggest a total of about 6000 women attended.
‘Saudi women are more likely to wait until its too late to see a doctor’
Breast cancer continues to be a major health problem for women in Saudi Arabia due to several contributing factors. Saudi women are more likely to wait to see a doctor until it’s too late and the cancer is already in advanced stages. Saudi women are less prone to be assertive about their own health issues. They are discouraged from asking questions, from reading about their disease and treatments, or from doing their own research. Saudi women have the legal standing of children and can be denied healthcare by their legal guardians, usually their fathers or husbands. Saudi women always live with the fear that their husbands will view them as ‘damaged goods’ and that the man may either divorce them in their time of need or take on a second wife. And then there is always the perceived embarassing nature and stigma of the disease itself.