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Saudi women are registering to vote in elections across the country for the first time ever

Women are now allowed to vote and stand for election themselves. Jamal Al-Saadi and Safinaz Abu Al-Shamat became the first to register as voters. 

Ms. Shamat described her registering to vote as “a national duty for women to participate in the elections.”

Amnesty International’s Karen Middleton reminds us that Saudi women are “…still unable to travel, engage in paid work or higher education, or marry without the permission of a male guardian.”

Nevertheless, Haifa al-Hababi states, “The government has given us this tool and I intend to use it.”