"She's totally deadlocked": The American, 31, divorced from her Saudi husband, is now COMMITTED to her daughter and could not walk because of the Kingdom's restrictions on women
- Bethany Vierra, originally from comes from the state of Washington, lives since 2011 in Saudi Arabia
- The now 31-year-old American moved here to teach at a women's university before she met her future husband, whom she married in 2013.
- The couple, the four-year-old daughter, was divorced last year
- Since the divorce, Vierra's family says she was detained there for Saudi Arabia's guardianship system
- . The system states that Saudi women are often just so are free as their male "guardians" ̵
An American woman divorced from her husband in Saudi Arabia is now trapped in the country with her young daughter because of her female restrictions.
Bethany Vierra, originally from Washington State, has been living in Saudi Arabia since when she moved to a women's college there in 2011, the New York Times reports.
The 31-year-old met her future husband and married in Portugal in 2013. They have a four-year-old daughter together.
Bethany Vierra, originally from Washington State, moved to a teaching assignment in 2011 to Saudi Arabia. The 31-year-old met her future husband there and married in Portugal in 2013. You have a daughter who is now four years old. (Vierra is pictured with her mother, daughter, and an unknown man who is believed to be a friend of the family.) There is currently no indication that the husband is her husband.)
They became one last year Divorced their relationship broken and Vierra claimed that her husband had been emotionally and verbally abused.
Since the divorce, Vierra's family has said that she was being held there because of Saudi Arabia's strict guardianship system.
The system means that Saudi women are often only as free as their male "guardians" – including husbands, fathers or other male relatives – allow this.
Women must be given formal permission from male guardians to study, marry or even renew their passports.
Vierra is a Saudi-American dual citizen.
In her case, her ex-husband is still considered the guardian of her and her daughter.
Her family claims that the ex-husband expired last month, meaning that she is now illegally residing in Saudi Arabia and has lost access to her bank accounts.
Even though she can figure out how to leave the kingdom, her family says she can not take her daughter with her unless the girl gives her permission.
Vierra's cousin Nicole Carroll informed the Times about her situation to draw attention to her plight. Neither Vierra nor her ex-husband would comment on that.
& # 39; She is completely deadlocked. She has no options left, "Carroll said.
It comes after a Saudi teenager fled the last month and fled to Thailand before gaining asylum from Canada.
She found worldwide support after barricading herself in her hotel room at the airport hotel last month so as not to be sent to her family, who she claimed had threatened her life and forced her to marry against her will ,
Human rights groups have previously said that the guardianship system transforms women into second-class citizens, depriving them of social and economic freedoms and making them more vulnerable to violence.