Saudi literary club head rejects call for segregating women from men
The head of a literary club in Saudi Arabia has ruled out banning women from sitting in the same hall as men during the club's activities as requested by some people.
Abdullah Al Sulami of the Jeddah Literary Club said that people have the right to voice their views and the club also has the right to make the decision it sees fit.
He said that whoever wanted to attend the club's activities was most welcome to do so, but those who felt that they were not in line with their convictions may leave.
According to Gulf News, Al Sulami made the comments after a group of people who wanted to attend the "Saudi Elite and Alienation Issues" lecture protested against the presence of women in the same room as men and threatened to leave if they were not told to move to another room.
Reasoning with the protesters, Abdullah Jadaa, the club spokesperson, said that women had often opted to sit in the same hall as men even though the club provided a separate area for them.
According to the daily, most of the protesters eventually changed their mind and attended the lecture.