For The First Time, Saudi Women Vote In Municipal Elections
Almost 1,000 women are running for local leadership positions, and around 130,000 women have registered to vote.By Matt Picht | December 11, 2015
Saudi Arabia's municipal elections will have a historic addition this year — female candidates and voters.
This small bit of women's suffrage in the traditionally gender-segregated country comes thanks to a royal decree by the late King Abdullah in 2011. Almost 1,000 women are standing for election, and around 130,000 women have registered to vote — compared to 1.35 million male voters.
But the campaign trail hasn't been easy: Female candidates have been unable to give speeches directly to male voters thanks to laws designed to separate the two sexes.