Saudi Women's Participation in Public Atmosphere

University of Southern California (USC)
Sol Price School of Public Policy

International Public Policy and Management (IPPAM) Graduate Program

By Afnan Alshanqeeti


Problem Statement

Although women are a considerable faction in Saudi Arabia and several steps have been taken to support their participation in the political sector there, these efforts have been effectively useless because of the political and social constraints. Simply, the problem is the lack of knowledge and awareness of the importance of the women role in political actions such as municipal elections, which leads to low turnout. 


The aims of this study are to:

  1. Increase the power of Saudi women in political sector by increasing the number of women as voters, candidates and as political participants in Saudi’s municipal elections a by 50% by 2025.
  2. Identify various political and social constraints, and its effect on the future of women's right in Saudi Arabia.
  3. Show the challenges faced by women as voters and candidates in Saudi Arabia.
  4. Find ways to activate women role in Saudi Arabia. 

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