Saudi women vote for first time but here are 9 things they can’t do

Saudi women vote Saturday for the first time in elections but still face a host of other restrictions, among the tightest in the world.

Under Saudi policies and practices women cannot:

– Drive. Saudi Arabia is the world’s only country banning women from getting behind the wheel.

– Travel, without the consent of a male family member known as a guardian

– Marry, without the consent of a guardian

– Work, without the consent of a guardian

– Appear in public without covering herself in a black abaya robe from head to toe

– Receive the same amount of inheritance as a man

– Work in certain jobs

– Mingle with unrelated men in public places such as restaurants

– Divorce as easily as a man

Saudi women can:

– Vote in municipal elections, the kingdom’s only polls for public officials

– Sit on the Shura Council, an appointed body which advises cabinet

– Hold the most senior corporate executive posts

– Work in government administration and an expanding number of private sector areas, including as lawyers

– Be forced to marry at a young age, as there is no legally defined minimum age

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