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Apple and Google are being accused of helping to 'enforce gender apartheid' in Saudi Arabia by offering an app on their platforms which allows men to track women and stop them leaving the country.
Absher is available on both the Google Play and iTunes store and is an app developed by the Saudi government which allows men to specify when and how women can cross Saudi borders - and will even alert them if they do so.
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Absher's travel 'featured' have been identified by activists and refugees as a major factor in the continued difficulty women have leaving Saudi Arabia.
The app allows for guardians to state where women can go, for how long and which airports they're allowed to go to.
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Alerts are triggered if a woman leaves a certain area. It is one of the main reasons women have difficulty trying to flee Saudi Arabia are often get caught.
Absher tips off male guardians and the fleeing women can be apprehended whil still withint the while the fleeing women can still be apprehended.
Page - Guardian - Permissions
On another page the guardian can see easily which permissions are active and change them if needed.
Yasmine Mohammed, ex-Muslim activist who campaigns and writes on women's rights said there was a tragedy in the way Apple and Google were facilitating 'archaic misogyny.'
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'What irony. In the West these technologies are used to improve lives and in Saudi Arabia they're used to enforce...
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