Women in Saudi Arabia are to get more basic freedoms as the king relaxes the country’s controversial guardianship laws.
The KSA continues to be one of the world’s most gender-segregated nations.
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At present women must live under the supervision of a male guardian, requiring his permission to do things like travel, access education, see doctors, get married or make police complaints.
However, King Salman has just issued an order allowing women to benefit from government services such as education and healthcare without needing their male guardian’s consent.
Although this isn’t an end to the guardianship system altogether, it is a major first step towards emancipation for women in the country.
According to Maha Akeel, a women’s rights campaigner and director of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, this could mean women are able to study, access hospital treatments, work in the public …