Uber Offers Free Rides To Saudi Women Voting For First Time
Big shout out to Uber, the car transportation company, which is offering free rides to Saudi women voting for the first time in that country’s history.
This is a huge day in Saudi Arabia.
Stretch your mind to imagine a country where women have not been allowed to hold elective office or even vote.
The wheels of change are churning.
The scene in this video would’ve been unheard of not that long ago.
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There still is a lot of room for growth beyond Saturday’s historic moment of women voting.
For one, women are still not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. That meant women voters must rely on a man to drive her to the polls.
That’s where Uber steps in, offering the free rides.
The Daily Mail reports the female candidates have been severely restricted in how they are allowed to campaign.
Women aren’t allowed to directly address male voters at campaign rallies. They must, instead relying on a male representative to stump for them, or make their pitch from behind a screen, meaning most are using social media to get their message across.
Also, women are restricted to running only for local council seats which do not have legislative powers, they do oversee a range of community issues, such as budgets for maintaining and improving public facilities.
Just what is it like to be a woman in Saudi Arabia today? My former CNN colleague, Becky Anderson, has a really interesting report.