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Saudi Arabia Lifts Travel Restrictions on Women

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Saudi women no longer require a permission from a “male guardian” to travel or obtain a passport and can now travel independently, a royal decree signed by King Salman bin Abdulaziz indicated,

The decree, which was issued three days ago, clearly states that women like any other individual have the right of obtaining a passport, and that a guardian’s approval will only be needed for minors.

The statement of the decree is written in a gender-neutral way and doesn’t in any way put restrictions to a specific segment.

Here’s how some of the prominent Saudi figures reacted to the change, and their thoughts about it that was shared on twitter.

Also hailing the changes is of course Saudi ambassador to the US Reema bint Bandar Al Saud.

Ever since the Saudi Vision 2030 was launched and the Saudi authorities have been addressing the flaws in the system that stand against women living their lives freely and securely.

Such a step is considered to be yet another major change, that follows the issuing of driving licenses to women, and the inclusion of women in the consultative council.

 

 

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New Marriage Policies To Grant Women of Saudi Arabia More Rights

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Saudi Arabia is still working towards achieving equality with focus on equalizing the legislation surrounding marriage contracts for women of the Kingdom.

According to several sources that were interviewed by the Kingdom’s daily newspaper Okaz, word has it that the Ministry of Justice is working towards amending new policies that will guarantee women’s right in marriage.

One of these amendments will include a new process that will have women reviewing and consenting contracts before finalizing. In an attempt to eliminate implications of coercion and to also consider the level of satisfaction afforded to brides-to-be, the new policies will grant women a greater sense of freedom.

Not only that, but the new policies will also ask women to explicitly state their contentment with their new prospective life partners, and and also grant them the chance to appoint a legal guardian throughout the process.

This is seen to be another great leap towards achieving the right women of Saudi Arabia deserve and ensure their involvement in the matters that affect their lives.

It also makes perfect sense to have them involved in what is considered to be the most important contract of their lives.

 

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Meet Princess Hind Al Saud: Ambassador Of The Global Campaign Against Coronavirus

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In the current fight against the pandemic, women of Saudi Arabia haven’t failed in showing significant leadership skills. Princess Hind Bint Abdul Rahman Al Saud is among the powerful women who are standing against the spread of the virus.

Princess Hind Bint Abdul Rahman Al Saud has been named Ambassador of the Regional Social Responsibility Network, the global network that supports and aids the efforts exerted towards ending the spread of the virus.

The network also advocated the work of governments and organizations across the globe geared towards curbing the current pandemic.

The Regional Social Responsibility Network was launched between March 25 and June 25 as part of the United Nations Global Compact. It saw the participation of many Arab and international figures and is in cooperation with the International Community Responsibility Federation.

HRH is the ideal candidate to provide insights and support to the campaign considering her remarkable career in business and various fields.

Commenting on her landmark appointment, the Princess took tweeted words of gratitude: “I have had the honor to be selected as an ambassador to support international efforts in the fight against the current pandemic.”

In light of the campaign’s role in fighting off the novel virus, it will host key events such as the launch of the “Supporting Ambassador For The International Efforts To Fight COVID-19.”

The event will bring together renowned leaders and personalities who will leverage their strengths and presence in order to send powerful messages to various communities across the globe on the roles they can play to help curb the coronavirus pandemic.

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New Electronic Platforms Launched to Fight Coronavirus

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One of the wings of the Saudi Health Council, the National Center for Health Research and Studies had launched several electronic platforms that are specialized in providing comprehensive interactive services on coronavirus.

Among these newly launched platforms is the interactive map, which monitors the number of infected people around the world and offer the ‘BasherBot’ a bot designed to be your smart assistant, it answers all of your questions and speaks different languages.

The new platforms have been launched in light of the efforts exerted by state agencies to help limit the spread of the virus by taking all the necessary and precautionary measures.

Secretary-General of the Saudi Health Council, Dr. Nahar Bin Mazki Al-Azemi, said that the launch of the electronic platforms is yet another extension to the preventive measures taken and the efforts done by government agencies to help end the coronavirus.

Highlighting the features of “Basherbot,” General Director of the National Health Information Center Eng. Hashem Abu Bakr said: “It works with artificial intelligence to respond to inquiries and questions related to coronavirus in Arabic and English”.

It is noteworthy that the “interactive platform corona” provides information about the new virus, as well as monitoring and follow-up statistics around the world, instant updates of everything related to the COVID-19, illustrated charts and graphs, as well as displaying the latest news about the virus, educational content to educate users, in addition to a guide on quarantine facilities in the Kingdom.

Visit coronamap.sa now to access the platform.

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