Saudi Arabia New Decree Grants Women Greater Freedom

A new royal decree by Saudi officials has granted women new freedom to travel without needing the permission of a male guardian.

The new move has ended decades of the restrictive policy.

According to press reports, the new rule will become effective at the end of August.

Consequently, women over the age of 21at, the end of the month, would be able to apply for a passport without the consent of a family member or other legal guardian, as well as register marriages, births, and divorces without a male guardian present.

Saudi Arabia’s male-dominated guardianship laws have long been a target of criticism.

The lifting of the restrictions is one of many reforms that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has included in his plans to modernize the country, press reports noted.

Pollyanna Davy, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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