7 Things Women in Saudi Arabia Still Can’t Do

AP Photo/Hasan Jamali
AP Photo/Hasan Jamali

Zee News India reports:

For the first time in history, women in Saudi Arabia on Saturday participated alongside men in the municipal election – a big step towards gender equality in a severely restricted Saudi society. Though a local level election, the polls are seen as a positive step towards women empowerment and many are optimistic that their voices will finally begin to be heard in government.

The website listed 7 things that women in Saudi Arabia still can’t do:

1. Go anywhere without a male guardian.

Saudi women must accompany a male relative, known as a ‘mahram’, whenever they venture out of the house. Mahram accompanies the women at all times, including for shopping trips and visits to the doctor.

2. Drive a car.

Although there is no official law that bans women from driving, the country’s deeply held religious beliefs prohibit it, with some clerics argue that female drivers “undermine social values.”

Read the full list at Zee News India.


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