Saudi Arabia will permit ladies to journey overseas without approval from a male “guardian,” the federal government has introduced, ending a restriction that drew international censure and prompted excessive attempts to flee the kingdom.
The decree introduced on Friday comes after high-profile attempts by women to flee their guardians, despite a string of reforms adding a historic decree last year that overturned the world’s only ban on female motorists.
Reema Bandar Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia’s first female ambassador to America, additionally confirmed the report in a social media post.
“These new laws are history in the making. The call for the equal engagement of men and women in our society,” she stated. “These growths have been a long time coming.”
It was unclear when the order will take impact.
If applied, the landmark reform ends the long-standing guardianship system that renders grownup ladies as authorized minors and permits their guardians – husband, father and another male kinfolk – to exercise arbitrary authority over them.
“A passport will probably be granted to any Saudi national who submits an application,” stated a authorities ruling revealed in the official gazette, Umm Al-Qura.
The regulation successfully permits ladies over the age of 21 to obtain passports and leave the nation without their guardian’s permission, the professional-authorities Okaz newspaper and different native media reported, citing senior authorities.
Ladies within the kingdom have long required permission from their male guardians to marry, renew their passports, or exit the nation.