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Women to vote for the first time in Saudi municipal elections
Although the elections are scheduled for 12 December 2015, the campaign is already underway. In September 2011, the late King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz granted Saudi women the right to vote and to run for office. Presently, 16 per cent of working women in Saudi Arabia are employed, and 60 per cent are unemployed. For economist, low oil prices means Saudi families “need two incomes”.
20/09/2011 SAUDI ARABIA
Ban on Saudi women leads to election boycott
A group of intellectuals wants to protest against the decision to deny women the right to vote and to be elected. More than 1.2 million voters (but less are expected to cast their ballot) will choose among 5,000 candidates for half of the seats on the country’s 285 municipal councils. The government will pick the other half.
11/06/2013 SAUDI ARABIA
Harass working women to preserve their chastity, Saudi writer tweets
A well-known writer wants emancipated women to be harassed, inspired by a legendary Islamic warrior. This has reignited a heated debate between Islamic reformers and traditionalists over Saudi Arabia's hesitant reforms.
27/09/2017 10:13:00 SAUDI ARABIA
Riyadh lifts ban on women driving
The new law will come into force on June 24th. The ban is the symbol of female repression in the kingdom. The women caught driving were arrested and punished with 10 lashes. The joy of activists and critics of ultra-conservatives. Riyadh aims to promote female access to work, limited by the difficulty of moving.
26/09/2011 SAUDI ARABIA
Riyadh: even women can vote. But only in four years
King Abdullah announces on television that women have the right to vote and be elected to municipal councils. He added that some may be called to the Shura Council, an advisory body of the sovereign.
07/03/2005 SAUDI ARABIA INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
Saudi princess wants equal rights for women
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