Saudi Arabia allow women to vote in elections for the first time

For the first time in the country’s history, Saudi Arabia has opened the polls to female voters today, making it a landmark day for the Kingdom as it makes another step towards gender equality.

As well as making their voices heard, women are now also running in the elections, the first time they have been allowed to do so under the strict laws which have existed for centuries.

5,938 men have registered as candidates, along with a total of 978 women. Whilst almost 1.5 million men are registered to vote in the Kingdom, they are now joined by  130,000 women who have been permitted to make their voices heard.

Segregation is a normal part of life in Saudi Arabia and men and women will be voting separately today. Speaking to Sky News, Mozah Alotalbi from Khobar cast her vote along with her mother and sisters today and said that it was a very unique experience.

It feels really great to be part of this for the first time as a woman in Saudi.

The first woman to register to vote was Salma al-Rashed, who told the BBC that;

 “It felt really good. Change is a big word but the election is the way to make sure we are really represented.”

Saudi women have also been taking to social media to celebrate.

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Saudi Arabia was the last country on earth to forbid women to vote. Hopefully this spells the beginning of a progressive and loving era for the Kingdom.

Colin J McCracken

My Good Planet Director, Colin J McCracken, is a content designer, editor and writer from Ireland. Giving form and function to the My Good Planet vision, it has been his role to design and develop the platform and ethos of the project. Contact: [email protected]