Women vote in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia has lifted the laws banning women from voting and contesting in elections, allowing them to participate for the first time ever.
Saudi Arabia has some of the strongest laws on women — including a ban on driving — and only 119,000 women, out of over 21 million native Saudis participated.
According to election president Osama al-Bar, 2 women won seats in their councils, including Salma bint Hizab al-Oteibi, who won a council seat in Makkah, and Hanouf bint Mufrih bin Ayid al-Hazmi, who won a seat in the northwestern region of Jawf.
There were separate polling booths for men and women during the elections, but it is hoped that women voting would pave way for more women’s rights in the country where women still require permission from their male family to work or travel.