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Women in Saudi Arabia Register to Vote for First Time in History

Women in Saudi Arabia Register to Vote for First Time in History

For the first time in history, women in Saudi Arabia are registering to vote in the national elections.

This moment marks a pivotal move toward a more progressive and modern nation in regards to gender equality. Kingdom officials describe the news as a "significant milestone in progress towards a participation-based society."

After outrage sparked on social media over the absence of women in the voting process, King Abdullah announced in 2011 that women would be guaranteed the right to vote in the following elections.

As of this week, that plan has been put into action.

Though the right to vote is a major win toward implementing and affecting change, Saudi women still face an enormous amount of limitation in their daily lives.

The majority of women are still restricted from basic tasks like driving a car, reading an uncensored fashion magazine or traveling independently.

Karen Middleton of the UK's Amnesty International told The Independent, "This long overdue move is welcome but it's only a tiny fraction of what needs to be addressed over gender inequality in Saudi Arabia."

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