Two months ago, it was announced that female attorneys would soon be issued licenses to practice law in Saudi Arabia’s courts. To date, nothing has happened on that front and the female attorneys have noticed.

Saudi Gazette runs an op-ed remarking that promises made but unkept are worse than not having made the promise in the first place.

Saudi women lawyers: Case pending
Somayya Jabarti

IS it a surprise that November 2012, the month when Saudi women lawyers were supposed to be issued licenses to practice in court, has come and is almost gone with no action at all?

Punctuality, action and progress, especially where women are concerned, all in one go? Oh yes, too much to expect. Such cups surely “spilleth over”, over and over and over — before we ever get a first sip.

We’re soon to complete two months since the news of Saudi women lawyers being issued licenses to practice in our courts circulated in world media.

When the news spread, fireworks lit up the social media-sphere and applause filled the air in — premature — celebration.

Asking around, the responses have been cynical describing the news as “just words”, “a morphine dosage” or that it was “probably retracted or regretted”.

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