Women have made history by taking part in elections as candidates and participants for the first time in the Saudi Arabian Kingdom.
According to the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA), at least 4 of the 979 women who ran for office have been elected to sit on councils. According to reports, about 25 percent turned out to vote in the elections. The Kingdom has faced criticisms from human rights activists.
An anonymous source from the human rights organisation, Liberty, said:’ Whether it means that there will be other change to the rights of women or if the vote was only allowed to shut up critics, it is a good first step.
In a tweet from a women’s right activist in Saudi Arabia,”This is a new day. The day of the Saudi woman.”
— د.هتون أجواد الفاسي (@HatoonALFASSI) December 12, 2015
Look at other things women in the Saudi Arabia are prohibited from doing:
In an effort to boost the number of women voting in the Saudi Arabian elections, the popular taxi service Uber offered rides to polling stations. The kingdom is the only country in the world that does not permit women to drive. In 2014, two women Loujain al-Hathloul and Maysaa al-Amoudiwere arrested for trying to drive into Saudi Arabia from the United Arab Emirates.
According to the World Report on Human Rights, women are not permitted to travel without permission from their male guardian. However, according to Adam Withnall, Journalist, officials are considering lifting this ban.