Saudi Women Vote for the First Time


Burqa-clad women arrive to see off their relatives who are leaving Ahmedabad for Mecca in Saudi Arabia to attend the annual religious Haj pilgrimageToday, the women of Saudi Arabia cast ballots for the first time in their country’s history in municipal council races.

Women were also allowed to run as candidates for the first time – about 900 of the nearly 7,000 candidates are female.

This election is seen as a modest one – the races are for low-level positions – but it has been hailed as a significant step toward suffrage in a country that bans women from driving. Read more at The Washington Post.




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