Female soldiers are standing guard for the first time in Arab history during Hajj in Makkah to ensure law and order.
Female troops dressed in khaki uniforms, hip-length coats, baggy leggings, and a black hat over a hijab covered their hair were observed visiting the Grand Mosque.
Mona is Makkah’s first female security guard to be assigned to the army.Mona joined the army after being persuaded by her father, and she is now a member of the Saudi women soldiers group. Since April, dozens of female troops have been stationed near Islam’s birthplace to guard pilgrims visiting Makkah and Madinah.
Mona works in Makkah during her shifts and is responsible for the security arrangements at the Grand Mosque as well as the Haj pilgrims’ facilities.
Mona, a psychology student, says her family encouraged her to join the army. They consider it a source of pride for them to serve Allah’s religion, country, and guests.
The Vision 2030 programme was established by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to assist modernise the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.Muslim women in the country can now drive and travel without the consent of their guardians, giving them more power over family matters.