Saudi Arabia is a patriarchal society, where men make the laws. All women, regardless of age, are required to have a male guardian. Women cannot vote or be elected to high political positions. It is the only country in the world that prohibits women from driving. It was the only country to score a zero in the category of political empowerment.
That being said, many Saudi women do not want western culture brought into their country and report that the west does not understand or respect the uniqueness of Saudi culture.
I personally feel sorry for Saudi women, and enjoy the beauty of my own sexy wife. I am proud to be out in public with her, and she is my best friend. I would not want to protect her under a Burqha.