Conflict & Justice

Women Join Saudi Arabia's Shura Council: Change Can't be Forced, Needs 'to Grow Roots'

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Dr. Thuraya al-Arrayed, one of the first women to be appointed to Saudi Arabia's Shura Council. (Photo: Courtesy of Dr. al-Arrayed)

This month King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia kept his promise and appointed women to the Shura Council for the first time.

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The council is a non-voting, advisory body. But the inclusion of women is significant.

Anchor Marco Werman speaks Thuraya al-Arrayed, one of the Shura's new female members.