Women in Saudi Arabia to vote and run in elections Women in Saudi Arabia are to be given the right to vote and run in future municipal elections, King Abdullah has announced.

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Salam means peace in Arabic. And while this is a basic tenet of Islam, many women and girls in Saudi find it difficult to find peace in an environment that has been termed by Saudi women as Gender Apartheid.

This site was established to raise awareness to the lack of basic human rights afforded women in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. While our site header displays the optimism we have for a future Saudi, where women and girls enjoy the same rights as men and boys, the reality for women today is quite different.

Some have argued this is a cultural issue, but women's rights advocates, both inside and outside of Saudi, believe this to be a human rights issue. We don't advocate forcing every woman to drive, work or travel without a guardian. But we do wholeheartedly advocate choice, the same choice realized by men throughout Saudi.

Please explore this site to better understand Gender Apartheid, and please join us in supporting Saudi women in their campaign for Full Citizenship!

I wish I knew why the situation of the women in certain Arab states is not condemned
by the countries of the world and does not enrage their citizens.
Why do the human rights activists ignore their suffering
as though they do not even exist?
Why isn't the cry of these millions of women heard,
and why isn't it answered by anyone, anywhere [in the world]?
Why? Why? Why?
Is it because they are women, while our patriarchal world is ruled by men
without an ounce of compassion in their hearts?
Maybe that is, indeed the case.
~Wajeha al-Huwaider