Saudi women to run for office, vote, without male approval — in 2015

Riyadh: Women in Saudi Arabia will not need a male guardian’s approval to run or vote in municipal elections in 2015, when women will also run for office for the first time, a Saudi official has said.

The change signifies a step forward in easing the kingdom’s restrictions against women, but it falls far short of what some Saudi reformers are calling for.

There are people in the government willing to listen reasonably, but people in society are not … They will hate you just for being different, and with these people there is no common language.

Saudi female activist Wajeha Al Hawidar

Shura Council member Fahad Al Anzi was quoted in the state-run Al Watan newspaper on Wednesday saying that approval for women to run and vote came from the guardian of Islam’s holiest sites, the Saudi king, and therefore women will not need a male guardian’s approval.

Read more

Categories: Saudi Arabia, Women Rights

1 reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.