Saudi women’s rights to vote and vie for leadership

The rights for women generally have been an issue of extensive debates across cultures, religions, and epochs. With the current world order, characterized by the championing for human rights and equity of gender, Arab nations have been slow in addressing the predicament due to some of the harbored conservative religious notions. With the wake of democracy and liberalization, the need for equal rights between men and women has aggravated the wake for entitlements of freedoms across genders that were tangled in diverse beliefs, ideologies, religions, and cultural backgrounds. In the realm of societal leadership, women have been for ages regarded as frail to contribute in the political arena due to the intricate nature of the domain. Thus, their involvement in the voting exercise has been disdained across nations with a biased belief by men that, their political acumen is rather appetitive than reasonable. Their rights of voting have been suppressed depending on various cultures, religions, and traditional biases. Traditionally, men were considered superior than women in terms of autonomy, physical or bodily integrity, working, owning property, education, marital, and the right to vote among other notions. This paper examines fervently the right for women to vote and drive, focusing on the announcement to grant the Saudi women the rights to vote and vie for leadership in the municipal council as announced by King Abdullah, while comparing the information as indicated in the referenced articles.