Over 1,000 Saudi women above the age of 21 went through passport control in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province on Monday without the consent of their male guardians, according to al-Yaum newspaper, a Dammam-based Saudi daily.
Earlier in August, Saudi Arabia issued new laws that loosen restrictions on women by allowing any citizen to apply for a passport and travel freely.
According to the law’s amendments, Saudi women above 21 will be allowed to apply for passports and travel freely without a male guardian’s permission. Other changes issued in the decrees allow women to register a marriage, divorce, or child’s birth and to be issued official family documents. It also stipulates that a father or mother can be the legal guardian of a child.
Princess Reema bint Bandar, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the US and the first Saudi female ambassador, said that the new developments for women were “history in the making.”
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