WOMEN IN THE NEWS – INTERNATIONAL
Saudi Arabian Suffragettes
In a historic move, for the first time women will be able to vote in elections and run for political office in Saudi Arabia in December. Four years after the rules were approved by former Saudia president King Abdullah, the monumental shift shows the broader views of women’s rights in the Arabic nation. According to local media, at least 70 women are running as candidates with another 870 registering as campaign managers. However, human rights groups like Amnesty International says the decision to participate in the electoral process does not go far enough. In Saudi Arabia, women are still forced to adhere to the country’s strict dress code and are not permitted to drive or obtain a passport without a male guardian to sign off on the document.