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Saudi king loosens guardianship rules on women

Category: Gender in the world 

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued a directive to government offices that allows women greater access to government services without the consent of a male relative, local media reported on Thursday.


Women’s rights activists said the memo, which has been circulating in government offices this week, codifies the rights of Saudi women to access a job, higher education or medical procedures, for example, without a male guardian’s permission.


There are no specific laws barring women from these services, but some government bodies previously requested that a male give his consent first.


One Saudi activist said the memo does not appear to change restrictive rules pertaining to the rights of women to obtain a passport or travel abroad without a male relative’s permission.




Tags: Saudi Arabia King Salman Women’s rights

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