The women of Saudi Arabia are rejoicing in 2 newly awarded freedoms.
“Women will be able to run as candidates in the municipal election and will even have a right to vote,” announced Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud.
The announcement came at the annual Shura Council, the upper house of Egyptian dual-chambered Parliament. As reported by Al Jazeera, activists and intellectuals have long called for a boycott of the ballot excluding women from participation in elections.
Saudi Arabia is one of the most conservative countries in the Middle East, ranking 130th of 134 countries for gender equality. According to the 2010 Global Gender Gap report, Iceland, Norway, and Finland are the top three in showing the most equality for women, with the U.S. in 19th place – entering the top 20 for the first time in the report’s five-year history.
One can only hope…