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Saudi women demand voting rights


Summary of story from Arab News, look April 10, adiposity 2011

A group of women in Saudi Arabia have launched a website campaigning for the participation of women in municipal elections.

The initiative, find called “Baladi,” has so far attracted over 2,000 members.

Organisers say the campaign is independently run by women and has supporters from different parts of the Kingdom.

They added that they want women to be able to participate in the running of municipal services due to the role they play in society in general.

The campaign cites the important roles higher authorities are assigning women and also the achievements of Saudi women over the years. According to organisers, women have already taken up leading positions and thus should be able to participate in municipal elections.

Women have now surpassed the traditional roles that they play, are able to lead in society and their achievements need to be protected, says the campaign.

It adds that women should have the same rights that men enjoy based on international conventions that the Kingdom has signed.

These rights include participation in the municipal elections, as it would improve women’s involvement in the decision-making process and combat the negative stereotypes about Saudi women being inactive and marginalised, the campaign says.

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