Target: Saudi academic Hatoon al-Fassi, the first woman to register to vote in Saudi Arabia.
Goal: Applaud the first election in Saudi Arabia in which women were allowed to vote and to run, and in which 20 female candidates were elected to office.
In Saudi Arabia’s first ever elections open to female voters and candidates, at least 20 women have won seats in Saudi Arabia’s municipal polls, 978 ran as candidates, and 130,000 women registered to vote. Women were elected to 10 different councils in both small and big cities across Saudi Arabia.
It was reported that 130,000 women registered to vote compared with 1.35 million men, and 978 women ran for elected positions compared with 5,938 men. Saudi Arabia is the last country in the world to open its ballots to women after numerous battles for various women’s rights throughout the years.
This election is a landmark and historical event for both Saudi Arabia and for women’s rights activists who have worked to change policies on women’s right to drive, right to vote and other human rights. Applaud this step forward for women and a more just and equal society in Saudi Arabia.
Dear Ms. al-Fassi,
It must have felt incredible to be the first woman to register to vote in Saudi Arabia. This is a historic moment in which women were finally allowed to vote and to run for office in Saudi Arabian elections. At least 20 women winning seats, 978 running as candidates and 130,000 registered to vote may not seem like much when compared with the numbers of men, but it is still major progress that can only improve from here.
It’s vital that we continue to fight for the rights of women who deserve equal treatment and freedom across the globe. Women in Saudi Arabia still aren’t able to drive and are restricted in other ways, but this historic election shows that progress can and will be made when it comes to women’s rights.
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