The Latest Freedom for Saudi Women

The Latest Freedom for Saudi Women

The Latest Freedom for Saudi Women

Previously women who wanted to drive had to have permission from a guardian in order to be given a driver's licence, and would need a guardian in the vehicle with them at all times.

Women will also attend a game on Saturday in the national stadium in the capital, Riyadh, as well as a game on Thursday in the city of Dammam.

A young girl has her face painted ahead of the Saudi Pro League match between Al-Ahli and Al-Batin.

Separately, Saudi Arabia has this week been hosting its first women's squash tournament. The cars are also being sold by women.

Image copyright AFP Image caption The first Saudi female basketball team, Jeddah United, was founded in 2009 Where will they sit for the football? The women, however, had to enter through designated turnstiles for women and families. However, they will be segregated by barriers from the male crowd, and allowed to sit in the "family section".

Why is this happening now?

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Powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is believed to have championed lifting the ban as he is seeking to open up the country and revamp its global image. The change in policy followed the historic decree in September 2017 allowing women to drive, beginning this summer.

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The showroom was opened in a shopping mall in the western Red Sea port city of Jeddah to allow women the freedom to choose their own cars before they hit the road. The first movie theatres are expected to open in March.

Up until now, such sports and entertainment venues have been men-only areas.

Between 2008 and 2010, Saudi Arabia ran a trial of the tourist visa system which saw more than 32,000 tourists visit the kingdom.

Details are emerging on how tourist visas to Saudi Arabia will work, as the kingdom opens itself up to global visitors.

Saudi Arabia still adheres to some of the strictest interpretations of Sunni Islam in the world but has seen liberal reforms recently.

Women over 25 won't need to be accompanied by a family member.

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