Women in Saudi Arabia will now be able to travel abroad without the permission of any ‘mentor’. This matter was told by the Saudi Arabian government on Thursday. Due to this ban on women, Saudi Arabia was being victimized by the Arab countries internationally, and for this reason many women tried to escape from the country.
After this historic reform, the old conservation system will be terminated, under which law considers women to be permanently a minor and provides arbitrary rights to their ‘patrons’ ie husband, father and other male relatives. This decision has been taken after several years of the campaign for women rights activists.
This decision has come at a time when many women tried to escape from their patrons. In Saudi Arabia, a historical decision was given last year, after which the ban on women’s driving was lifted. In an official judgment published in the official Gazette, Umm al-Qura, it has been said that “every Saudi citizen will be given a passport which is required.”
Government supporter ‘Okaj’ newspaper and other local media told the senior authorities that this rule will allow women over 21 years of age to get passports and go out of the country without the permission of their ‘patrons’. Before this, women in Saudi Arabia needed the permission of male ‘patrons’ to marry, to increase the validity of passports or to go out of the country.
Christine Dewan of Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington said that this decision will give women ‘more autonomy’. Diwan said, “If (it) is fully implemented, then it will be a big step towards allowing Saudi women to control their lives themselves.” However, critics say that as long as the ‘protection’ system Is not eliminated, this correction will be nominal.