Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has held its first elections of any kind for 40 years. Women had expected to have the vote: six even put their names forward as candidates. But, in one of the world's most repressive societies, they were banned from the poll.
A number of Saudi women have called for urgent state policies to protect victims of domestic violence in the country.
Raid Qusti from Arab News writes, "Something odd is going on in the Grand Mosque in Makkah these days."
"Des femmes se sont proclamées candidates aux élections municipales qui auront lieu en février 2005, dans un pays où elles n’ont pas le droit de vote", rapporte Arab News.
Saudi Arabia has published rules for forthcoming municipal elections that observers say hold out the possibility that women may be allowed to vote.
Change is in the air for a new generation of Saudi Arabian women. Karim El-Gawhary speaks to some of the women at the forefront of change in the kingdom.
RSS-материал