Saudi Arabian woman continue to be denied the right to, up till recently, the right to drive.
The denial of access to public areas and facilities such as sport arenas are also actively enforced in countries like Iran and Afghanistan, demonstrating suppression of the simplest woman's rights and freedom
Saudi Arabia held a historic election for municipal councils where for the first time, women were given the right to vote and to run for office. Moreover, today, Saudi women are obtaining access to areas which were previously forbidden to them. Some are now lawyers, pharmacist and even appointed to head the stock exchange or a large bank.