Saudi women now may travel without male consent


Saudi women now may travel without male consent
This photo shows the Absher App on a phone in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, March 7, 2019. But one feature of the app: the ability for men to grant or deny a woman permission to travel. On Thursday, women were given the freedom travel without male consent.

In Summary

  • The changes approved by King Salman and his Cabinet allow any person 21 and older to travel abroad without prior consent and any citizen to apply for a Saudi passport on their own.

Saudi Arabia has issued new laws that grant women greater freedoms by allowing any citizen to apply for a passport and travel freely, ending a long-standing and controversial guardianship policy that had required male consent for a woman to travel or carry a passport.

The changes approved by King Salman and his Cabinet allow any person 21 and older to travel abroad without prior consent and any citizen to apply for a Saudi passport on their own.

The decrees were published early Friday in the kingdom’s official weekly gazette.

Other changes issued in the decrees allow women to register a marriage, divorce or child’s birth and to be issued official family documents.

The changes were widely celebrated by Saudis on Twitter, but also drew criticism from some conservatives.

For Citizen TV updates
Join @citizentvke Telegram channel



Video Of The Day: | THE MARA HEIST | Blatant plundering of Maasai Mara University funds

Avatar
Story By VOA
More by this author