- Saudi Arabia is going to the polls in unprecedented municipal elections in which women can cast a ballot for the first time.*
Prior to King Abdullah passing away, the King called on improved rights for women as well as appointing 30 women to the countries top advisory Shura council. In a country where women can not drive, this is IMO positive news. I have been aware of the many Saudis on social media and other outlets whom have spoken up in favor of improved rights for Saudis.
I truly feel happy for the Saudi women whom have taken to sites like facebook to proudly tell the world that they voted.
I also find that this is great news in general for womens rights. According to the worldbank women make up a small percentage(23%) of elected officials worldwide.