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over the weekend went women witnessed what may be a very important step

forward in equal rights and one of the most unlikely places in the world saudi

arabia

yesterday saudi arabia's king abdullah announced that for the first time in his

nation's history

when there will be able to vote and run for office in local elections beginning

twenty fifteen

is a huge leap forward in a nation that search for is for cracking down on the

rights of women
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some say this is the latest effort by king abdullah to shield is wealthy and 0:37
it will be a station
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the uprising of the air of spring that has koppel dictators next door 0:43
back in march king abdullah announced in ninety three billion dollar aid package 0:47
full of new jobs and services
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to quell unrest from disaffected saudis
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who may try to bring the air of spring to the kingdom of saudi arabia 0:56
so far it is the working
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so what does this all mean
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this is really a giant step forward for women's rights
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really gimmick for the monarchy keep power
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increasingly hard for middle units
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para offer her take finish eva stein
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author of initiates point and columnist at forbes woman of it imposed and ms 1:17
magazine
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vishay welcome pentagon after having read something they are you for joining 1:22
us
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uh... can you describe how women are treated in cincinatti reliever 1:26
well it's not quite
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it's really interesting actually because
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we've seen a consistent theme throughout the middle east in throughout their 1:34
spring of demanding more rights and at the forefront of every single one of 1:37
these movements have really been women and we've seen a from iran since he's 1:42
having seen it in libya
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but what's unique about the uprising that's taking place in saudi arabia 1:46
right now is that
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women view the began it and this is a country where women are really treated 1:53
like infancy and you can't travel it enters the doctor you can try it 1:58
out without a written permission by either your father
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or are your husband or mail guardianship so arabs brain has already arrived in 2:06
saudi arabia it arrived in the form of an online campaign at that started back 2:10
in maine
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to define the cut defy the country's interest some
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and on women driving
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and it was an online campaign led by a young woman and i lost cherry 2:20
and her detention and her arrest back in may
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button international outcry to relieve the move this bad
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and saudi arabia's actually dot only country in the world women are not 2:30
allowed by law to drive
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i thought quakes
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very similar manager quinn actually isn't that similar there's no other 2:38
country in the world where women are not allowed to drive
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in kuwait women still don't have the vote yeah that's a that's the one 2:45
summary looks now saudi arabia has
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helps anything given how big a decision by king abdullah is then suddenly the 2:52
union let me ask a question two levels one
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interest in terms of the practical
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now when they can't vote but
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deaminase they had elections in north korea
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we have voters i mean i a lot
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uh... sothat at both those levels of the girls i really don't think it's a big 3:07
theory in the media as kind of taking as a flake
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it's this huge victory for women that women were demanding the right to vote 3:13
not just at the right sorry to drive on not just to start the engine of their 3:18
cars that this was about
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and it is about political mobility it's about social mobility 3:23
it's about being able to participate in your sis sidi
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and move in your society without mail guardianship
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so the fact that they've gotten this of right's ability and that's on the team 3:34
has
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responded he had something to really big deal
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and it sounds like you know of any big news...
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