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Saudi to add 30 women to Shoura Council - report

Kingdom's main advisory council to permit female participation from next session

Saudi to add 30 women to Shoura Council - report
In September 2011, King Abullah announced that women would be eligible to sit in the council for the first time.

Authorities in Saudi Arabia are expected to name 30 women to the kingdom’s consultative Shoura Council before the start of its next annual session, Al-Sharq reported.

The 150-member body, which sits in Riyadh, has the power to propose legislation to the country’s absolute ruler King Abdullah, but cannot pass laws itself.

Since the council was founded, it has been completely male dominated. In September 2011, King Abullah announced that women would be eligible to sit in the council for the first time.

“We made this decision because we refuse to marginalize women in Saudi society in their roles that comply with the Islamic Shariah and following consultations with many of our scholars who supported it,” King Abdullah said at the time.

Al-Sharq, citing sources close to the Shoura Council, said that negotiations had begun with institutions in the Gulf kingdom to put forward names of eligible women. The final decision on the chosen 30 will lie with a high-level panel headed by King Abdullah, the newspaper reported.

Initial criteria are that females must be over 30-years old and hold Saudi Arabian citizenship.

Saudi Arabia, the most populous country in the Gulf, enforces strict segregation of males and females throughout many aspects of day-to-day life.

Women are prohibited from driving and must obtain their husband or another male guardian’s permission to take employment or travel.

Last year, King Abullah announced that women would be permitted to vote and stand in municipal elections from 2015.

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Shafiqur Rahman 8 years ago

This is good news and good step which is related to King Abdullah reforming the country.

At the same time we would like to ask his kind self for that news which was published earlier that he is going to change sponsorship system in Saudi Arabia, we are waiting for this changing. Hoping from coming new Arabic year he will implement this.

now days more people are become eligible with nitaqat system. if there no sponsor system it will be very helpful to the foreign worker to move to other company as he like.

Also if government opens visa for Bangladesh and allow worker those who are working here presently to bring their family to stay with them. (if they bring their family government of Saudi will be more benefited because those people bring his family he will expend his 75% earning in Saudi Arabia and 25% only they send to them own country.
The employees who are bachelor here, they send their earning 95% to their own country, so if government think about it will be good step.