Friday, January 11, 2013

Women appointed members of the Saudi Shura Council

Today, the Saudi King appointed - by virtue of a Royal Decree - 30 women as members of the Shura Council.

However:
- Membership of the Shura Council runs through appointment, and not elections;
- The Council has no real powers and is a mere advisory body, consisting of 150 members;
- A special area for sitting (separate from men) will be allocated to women members at the Council;
- A special entrance and exit (separate from men) will be allocated to women members.

Somme toute, one step forward .. and ten backward.

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