Women in Saudi Arabia will eventually be permitted to apply for a passport and travel freely without having to secure permission from a male relative putting an end to a long-standing guardianship policy that gave men control over women.
The new law, issued and approved by the Saudi Cabinet, won’t only just allow Saudi women to apply for passports, but also for women over the age of 21 to travel alone.
The judgments were declared early Friday morning in the kingdom’s official weekly Um al-Qura gazette. It’s not clear when the new rules will go into effect.
Other changes enable women to register a marriage, divorce or child’s birth and to be issued official family documents. It also specifies that a father or mother can be legal custodians of children.
However, still in place are rules that want male consent for a woman to leave prison, exit a residential abuse shelter or marry.
Women still cannot pass on citizenship to their kids and cannot provide consent for their children to marry.
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Women in Saudi Arabia can now travel independently without a man's permission.
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