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Saudi women to enter stadiums for first time to watch soccer
Source: Reuters

Saudi women to enter stadiums for first time to watch soccer

Saudi women will be allowed for the first time to enter a sports stadium to watch a soccer match between two local teams, though they will be segregated from the male-only crowd with designated seating in the so-called family section. The first stadium is to open its doors to women in the Red Sea city of Jiddah on Friday. The move is Saudi Arabias first social reform planned for this year gi...


Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive
Source: NY Times/Reuters

Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive

Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that it would allow women to drive, ending a longstanding policy that has become a global symbol of the oppression of women in the ultraconservative kingdom. The change, which will take effect in June 2018, was announced in a royal decree read live on state television and in a simultaneous media event in Washington. The decision highlights the damage that the b...


Women in Saudi Arabia to vote for first time
Source: Reuters

Women in Saudi Arabia to vote for first time

Saudi Arabia will go to the polls on Saturday in unprecedented municipal elections in which women will cast a ballot for the first time. Women are able to stand as candidates, despite the fiercely conservative kingdom being the only nation where women are not allowed to drive. A total of 978 women have registered as candidates, alongside 5,938 men. Female candidates have had to speak behind a p...


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