Date of Award
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Karen Feste, Ph.D.
Elections, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Participation, Political activists, Repression, Women
In 2015 Saudi Arabian women were for the first time in history granted political space through electoral suffrage. To evaluate whether the new political opening for Saudi Arabian women has improved women's rights and equality in the Kingdom, I sought to conduct interviews to acquire their views and attitudes. In the process my encounters with Saudi Arabian women revealed their fear, cautiousness, and unwillingness to participate politically, which impelled me to discover the relationship between women's political participation and political repression. In the course of this research I learned that political repression inhibits women's political participation, and in Saudi Arabia women remain voiceless despite the new political space - political participation did not account for political freedoms. This thesis provides analysis of the relationship by demonstrating the prevalence of Saudi Arabian women's lack of freedom in political participation.
Azimova, Amalkhon Y., "Political Participation and Political Repression: Women in Saudi Arabia" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1186.
Received from ProQuest
Amalkhon Y. Azimova
International Relations, Political Science, Gender Studies