Huge Rights victory for Saudi women

Saudi woman at the wheel of a car

A right that western women take for granted is now a reality in Saudi Arabia. Women in Saudi Arabia will no longer need the permission and accompaniment  of a male guardian to travel.

New laws published on Friday, now allow women to travel unaccompanied by a male in what is hailed as a key step towards dismantling controls that have made women second-class citizens in their own country.

Other significant changes issued in the decrees allow women to apply for passports, register a marriage, divorce or child’s birth and be issued official family documents. It goes further to stipulate that a father or mother can be legal guardians of children.

This move will now enable women to obtain family documents could ease hurdles women faced in obtaining a national identity card and enrolling their children in school.