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Supporters of this unconventional initiative to bring women into the workforce believe these cities represent a huge step forward for Saudi women. However, such cities only reinforce oppressive gender norms because they offer limited career paths and perpetuate segregation. Furthermore, the progress being made on these cities is sparsely and ambiguously documented, suggesting development is slow. Nevertheless, recent reforms in Saudi government and new changes in the private sector suggest Saudi Arabia is indeed experiencing social change, albeit slow and tedious.
Voting began on a brisk note today in 16 constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir going to polls in third of the five-phased state elections. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and three of his...