1 August 2019
Women in Saudi Arabia can now travel abroad without a male guardian’s permission, royal decrees say.
Under the new rule announced on Friday, women over the age of 21 can apply for a passport without authorisation from a male guardian.
Anyone over the age of 21 can apply for a passport and travel, putting women on an equal footing to men.
The royal decrees also grant women the right to register child birth, marriage or divorce.
Saudi Arabia’s ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has eased restrictions in the country such as a ban on women driving as part of a big push to open up the country.
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However there have been several high profile cases of women seeking asylum in countries such as Canada , citing claims of gender oppression.
International rights groups have often claimed that women are treated as second class citizens in the country.