Al-Jubeir says ‘be patient’ on Saudi women’s rights

file-12-file-12-saudi woman votes.jpg12/02/2016 (Arab News): MUNICH, Germany: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir defended the Kingdom’s policy on women on Friday, saying it had made progress on female education but would take time to let them drive cars.“When it comes to issues like women’s driving, this is not a religious issue, it’s a societal issue,” Al-Jubeir told an audience at the Munich Security Conference.He said it was unfair to fixate on the issue of women drivers, given the Kingdom’s efforts to educate girls.“We went from no schools for women in 1960 to universal education, to where today 55 percent of college students are women,” said Al-Jubeir.“Some of our top doctors and engineers and lawyers and business people are women. The issue is one that is evolving just like it is in other countries.”He compared Saudi Arabia to the United States, arguing that it took 100 years after America’s independence before women were given the right to vote, and another 100 years for it to elect its first female parliamentary speaker…




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