First women’s race in Saudi Arabia

On March 3, Saudi Arabia held the nation’s first women’s race ever. It was a 3 km (1.9 mile) run, and 1,500 women participated. Mizna al-Nassar, a 28-year-old engineer, won with a run time of 15 minutes. Many of the runners wore a hijab (a head scarf) and an abaya (a robe).

Women don’t have the same rights as men in Saudi Arabia. There are a bunch of “cannot do’s” for women. However, the country has been making changes in recent years.

In 2012, Saudi Arabia sent women for the first time to take part in the Olympic Games. Women were allowed to vote and stand in the local election for the first time in 2015. Last year, women were allowed to go into a sports stadium. Recently, positions have opened up for women in the military. Women will be able to drive in the country starting June this year.

On the other hand, most women still cannot leave the country, get a job, marry, or divorce without the permission of their male guardian (who is their father, husband, brother, or son). When Saudi women go outside their homes, they are required to wear a hijab and an abaya.

Image Credits: for the Saudi women runners and soliders image
Sources:, BBC