to readers of the Princess Trilogy
Princess Sultana Al Saud
from French into English on November 15, 2000
supporters of my cause for women:
great Prophet Muhammad was a shining light in the lives of all
women of the world. But
today, our desert kingdom is dark and frightening for too many
women. Not only are
our faces and bodies concealed by black coverings, but the light
that was once shone on our lives has been blackened by the men who
twist the Prophetís words in their quest to keep women quivering
at their feet.
friends, our lives are too dark for you to even imagine.
Scores of young girls are too timid to deny the wishes of
their parents and too often marry men who are of an advanced age
to be grandfathers. Once
legally bound, these young girls feel as though they have no
choice but to do this manís bidding.
They leap to fulfil his every wish.
In the dark of their bedrooms, they have sexual intercourse
with men whom they fear! The
thought of such pitiful lives lived in perpetual dread is too much
to even imagine. The
physical attacks women in Arabia endure are accompanied by mental
an early age, female children come to realize that their lives
pale in comparison with that of male children.
This is a cruel existence, even if there is no physical
abuse. To always feel
that your status is undesirable creates a distressing sadness in
our young women. If
you ever have occasion to witness the behavior of an Arab women,
most likely you will notice that they will respond in a bashful,
hesitate manner. This
is a direct result from their childhood lessons that their
thoughts, dreams and wishes do not matter.
in my own family, a family that rules the land, there are women
who are beaten and sexually assaulted by the men who are
responsible for their well-being.
This happens frequently, even though in my religion it is
forbidden for a man to behave in the manner too many Saudi men
believe is their God given right.
those of you who have read the books about my life, and the lives
of my Saudi sisters, you know of what I speak.
If you have not read my life story, then I beseech you to
seek knowledge of what is happening to too many women the world
I first began my journey to fight for women in my own country, I
have made the sad discovery that women the world over are
ill-treated by men. I
was shocked to be told that the Chinese, proud owners of a rich
history, allow their little daughters to be murdered at the hands
of their own parents. And
for what reason? So
that these murderers can enjoy jostling a male child upon their
girls in other countries can be sold as sex slaves to be used by
many men, one after the other. Does your mind rebel at even the thought of such a loathsome
existence? Even in
the United States, the one country where women have a chance to
live normally, there is an appalling mistreatment of women.
Living in an atmosphere of sex advertised on every corner,
there are fathers who feel they have the right to rape their own
has gone wrong? There are more females than males living on this earth.
Why then, are men ruling women?
questions haunts my waking moments:
As women, what can we do to guarantee that women the world
over are regarded with respect and dignity?
pose this question to you so that a dialogue can begin between us
all. Perhaps there is
a woman in the world who can lead us to the right answer so that
true change can come.
can write to me in care of my friend, the woman to whom I trusted
my fate and the fate of my loved ones, the author Jean Sasson.
There is a publishing web site address which will be given
to you following my letter. I
have asked that a better method be found so that dialogue can be
ongoing between us all.
you all learned from the stories about my life, I am not in a
position to respond directly to you.
I am the mother of innocent children and my concern for
their well being overcomes my desire to stand tall among you with
my veiled face uncovered and my hidden identity revealed.
will be great joy in the world when women in countries such as my
own can freely express their opinions of all matters without
genuine fear of being silenced forever.
pray for Allahís blessings upon your good hearts.
Sultana Al Saud