Saudi women furious over citizenship to ROBOT who does not need male guardian


The robot called Sophia, which was unveiled at a technology conference in the capital Riyadh last week, has now sparked a fierce reaction on social media sites with questions about whether or not the female robot will be treated like other women in the Arabic kingdom now that she is a citizen.

Hadeel Shaikh, a Saudi woman whose four-year-old child with a Lebanese man does not have citizenship, said: "It hit a sore spot that a robot has citizenship and my daughter doesn’t.”

The creation of the world's first cyborg citizen is the latest announcement from the Sunni Muslim kingdom, which granted women the right to drive last month and plans to allow women to watch events in all-male sports stadiums for the first time next year.

Ms Shaikh wants greater reform as she is worried about the future of her daughter who only has a residency card.

The robot Sophia appears in Saudi ArabiaGettySophia makes her appearance in Saudi Arabia

She told the Thomson Reuters Foundation: ”I want her to have all the privileges of her mum.

"I want her to feel welcomed even if I am not here."

A guardianship system in Saudi Arabia also requires a male family member to grant permission for a woman to study abroad, travel and other activities.

Journalist Murtaza Hussain posted: “This robot has gotten Saudi

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