In one of my earlier posts, I have written about Saudi women. Today, I am glad to do it once again because their political situation is going to change a lot. For the first time, they are allowed to be not only voters, but also candidates in elections.
The local elections take place today. There are “more than 1,000 female candidates in the running, compared with more than 6,000 men” and “Some 100,000 women have registered to vote, meanwhile, compared with more than 400,000 men.”
The women are excited and look forward to the elections. They want changes and believe they are ready to them but on the other hand, they know the situation in their country. Rather than radical transformations, they want respect and tolerance for everyone. It is also interesting what they say about this watershed moment: they reject western point of view, claiming they have their own. Of course, it is a step towards gender equality but they want also to stick to their rules. For example, one of the female candidates claims she respects conservatives and in case of her victory, rather than force them to change, she prefers a dialogue.
All in all, not many women are expected to win because they are not experienced. However, it is a very significant moment in the history oef Saudi Arabia.
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