How the West Misses the Point on Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia

A Saudi woman casts her ballot at a polling center during municipal elections, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 12, 2015 (AP photo by Aya Batrawy).
A Saudi woman casts her ballot at a polling center during municipal elections, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 12, 2015 (AP photo by Aya Batrawy).
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Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on the status of women’s rights and gender equality in various countries around the globe. Earlier this month, the Shura Council, a formal advisory body to Saudi King Salman, refused to even look into the possibility of letting women in Saudi Arabia drive. That leaves Saudi Arabia as the only country in the world that forbids women from driving. In an email interview, Katherine Zoepf, a fellow at New America and author of “Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World,” discusses women’s […]

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