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Women in Saudi Arabia are to be given the right to vote and run in municipal elections, the Gulf Kingdom's King Abdullah has announced.
He said they would also have the right to be appointed to the consultative Shura Council.
The news will be welcomed by activists who have long called for greater rights for women in the ultra-conservative kingdom.
The changes will take effect from next year, the king said.
A token gesture designed to appease activists within saudi and get a pat on the back from the west..
Originally posted by DAVID64
This is very good news for the Arabic world. The down side is how long will it take for a woman to actually be elected. I know there are some who think different, but sometimes you gotta get some testosterone out of the room to make the right decision. With Hilary in the room, it just goes up.
Its the Burkas that must go, and forcing head scarves. Women have the right to live free, be free, express themselves freely, marry who they wish, leave the ones they wish to leave children in tow. Protect their children. Etc Etc Etc. Thats what being human and equal means and alot more.
reply to post by mishigas
continuing on...yes, putting pressure on govt leaders, building a movement outside of govt in order to effect change in govt, takes time and perseverance. In the US, for ex, change does not automatically happen every 4 years; the people still must work outside of govt to put pressure on govt or any other institution. The Saudi women are changing culture; if you put enough pressure on a damn, it will break eventually, but at first it's only a trickle..