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Women in Saudi Arabia are to be given the right to vote and run in future municipal elections, King Abdullah has announced.

He said they would also have the right to be appointed to the consultative Shura Council.

The move was welcomed by activists who have called for greater rights for women in the kingdom, which enforces a strict version of Sunni Islamic law.

The changes will occur after municipal polls on Thursday, the king said.

King Abdullah announced the move in a speech at the opening of the new term of the Shura Council - the formal body advising the king, whose members are all appointed.

"Because we refuse to marginalise women in society in all roles that comply with sharia, we have decided, after deliberation with our senior clerics and others... to involve women in the Shura Council as members, starting from next term," he said.

"Women will be able to run as candidates in the municipal election and will even have a right to vote."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-15052030

Sadly even saudi arabia caved into the nagging. Discuss.
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I doubt it would make any difference as it's still an autocratic country.
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Now Saudi Arabia has gone to shit. Why should a woman care what goes on outside of her kitchen or bedroom?
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I posted in the feminist thread about this.

Saudi women still can't drive, leave their house, uncover their faces in public, work in mixed gender environments, travel without a male chaperone, own their own property, be in charge of their own finances, give testimony in court as a reliable witness, or gain custody of their children, but this is a positive step for the country.
#11
Congratulations Saudi Arabia. You are now up to 1920's America equality standards. Voting wise anyways. They're still far behind the 1920s western world in many other respects in equality.
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Will somebody please think of the kitchen!!!
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I posted in the feminist thread about this.

Saudi women still can't drive, leave their house, uncover their faces in public, work in mixed gender environments, travel without a male chaperone, own their own property, be in charge of their own finances, give testimony in court as a reliable witness, or gain custody of their children, but this is a positive step for the country.


An positive step that they may not be allowed to use?
It's good that it's happened but I can't help but think women will be prevented. Though from what I've heard, they're starting to get a bit of attitude.
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Awesome! Great news!
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#18
Practically though this will only come into force in 2015, which is a shame.

It's a good move (and good publicity for a region that needs it), but it's barely a drop in the ocean.
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too bad they probably won't be able to step in our out of a voting policy without being pummeled. The degree of sexism in similar countries is sickening. Women in Saudi arabia can't even step outside without a male escort sheesh.
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. The degree of sexism in similar countries is sickening.


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Originally Posted by Mistress_Ibanez
I posted in the feminist thread about this.

Saudi women still can't drive, leave their house, uncover their faces in public, work in mixed gender environments, travel without a male chaperone, own their own property, be in charge of their own finances, give testimony in court as a reliable witness, or gain custody of their children, but this is a positive step for the country.


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#25
A drop is a drop... but it might only take a little push to get the ball rolling.
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Quote by Mistress_Ibanez

Saudi women still can't drive, leave their house, uncover their faces in public, work in mixed gender environments, travel without a male chaperone, own their own property, be in charge of their own finances, give testimony in court as a reliable witness, or gain custody of their children, but this is a positive step for the country.

Not to mention that voting in Saudi Arabia is a sham anyway. You get to elect the king's advisors and powerless municipal councils. Woo-hoo!

It's a smoke and mirror ploy so we don't see Saudi Arabia's influence in Bahrain and Yemen right now.

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Maybe in the next 1000 years, they'll let them show more than their eyes and feet?