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Nine Things Saudi Women Still Can’t Do

by AFP
Fayez Nureldine—AFP

Fayez Nureldine—AFP

Women are able to contest and vote in local body elections for the first time this year, but they still have a long way to go for equality.

Saudi women vote Saturday for the first time in elections but still face a host of other restrictions, among the tightest in the world. Under Saudi policies and practices women cannot:


Saudi Arabia is the world’s only country banning women from getting behind the wheel.


No woman can travel without the consent of a male family member known as a guardian.


Marriage is forbidden without the consent of a male guardian.


Every woman must seek the consent of a guardian before securing employment.


Women cannot appear in public without covering themselves in a black abaya robe from head to toe


Women cannot receive the same amount of inheritance as a man.

Employment Restrictions

Even with permission from guardians, women are barred from working in certain jobs.

Co-mingling of Sexes

Women are not permitted to be with unrelated men in public places such as restaurants.


Saudi law makes it much harder for a woman attempting to divorce her husband.

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