Good news from KSA!

  • For the first time in history, Saudi women have taken seats on The Saudi Consultative Council
  • The group of 30 women, comprised of  university graduates, human rights activists and two princesses took their seats in the same room as their 130 male colleagues
  • This is revolutionary development in a country where women are still banned from driving and must be escorted by a male guardian
  • King Abdullah has stated that he is committed to women’s rights but believes this must be a gradual process
  • In 2011, he granted women the right to vote and in 2015 women  may run as candidates in the next local election
  • And while I am certain there are many who will criticise his methodology, in my opinion it is an effective way to elicit change in a fundamentalist culture without further jeopardizing the safety of the women
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