Saudi Arabia Opens Largest Women-Only University

"Ensuring women's rights in Saudi Arabia is not about opening larger universities, it's really about ensuring that women are allowed to study all fields and to be able to find future employment in these fields," says Khalife.


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"The World Economic Forum global gender gap report in 2010 ranked Saudi Arabia 129 out of 134 countries, and the only country to score a zero for female political empowerment; in March, it was announced that the ban on Saudi women voting would continue. Saudi women are forced to live under the control of a male guardian, usually a father or husband, without whose authority they cannot get a job, travel or open a bank account. They cannot leave the house alone or without wearing the niqab, and are banned from driving a car."