Saudi Arabia: Women to be allowed to travel without guardians' permission

Saudi Arabia: Women to be allowed to travel without guardians' permission

- The kingdom of Saudi Arabia announces plan to ease the law stopping women from travelling abroad without the permission of their male guardians

- Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is believed to be implementing policies to boost the kingdom's economic transformation

- The report causes jubilation and celebration among female Saudis

The government of Saudi Arabia has announced amendments to its laws to allow women travel abroad without permission from their guardians, a condition that had faced heavy criticisms.

Bloomberg quotes the Okaz newspaper, as saying the government also approved amendments to the laws in relation to travel documents and civil status. This would now make it easy for women, over the age of 21, to secure passports that would enable them travel without permission from their guardians.

The report noted that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is engaging in policies that would loosen social restrictions relating to his economic transformation plan for Saudi Arabia.

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“The government has clipped the powers of the kingdom’s infamous religious police, relaxed gender segregation and lifted a ban on women driving.

“At the same time, authorities have clamped down on domestic criticism and arrested some of the kingdom’s most prominent women’s rights activists,” the report said adding that the latest changes would allow women to report marriages, divorces and births similarly to men.

It was learnt that Saudis, who support the end to guardianship, celebrated the latest declaration to amend the laws and ease their travelling abroad.

“A thousand congratulations to our girls, and no tears are shed for those who opposed this in order to protect their interests and authority.

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“From my heart, I’m rejoicing for the situation of many I know who suffer subjugation because of this issue,” Hamsa Sonosi, a Saudi female writer and researcher, wrote on Twitter. reported earlier how the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia organised a $1.83 million (N192 million) worth of competition for all Muslims across the world.

The General Entertainment Authority (GEA) of Saudi Arabia while making the announcement for this year's Qur’an recitation and Adthan competition called on Muslims across the world to continue to submit their applications. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better.

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