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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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Saudi Mountaineer Continues to Support her Late Friend’s Charity Work

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Saudi mountaineer Mona Shahab who climbed Mount Everest earlier this year shows her commitment to her late friend’s charity by using her Everest ascent to raise money for underprivileged children in Egypt.

If you’re familiar with Omar Samra, then you probably have heard of the heart-wrenching story of his wife Marwa Fayed who died in 2013 after complications during childbirth, leaving Samra heartbroken and alone with their kid who luckily survived.

Now, Shahab is showing her commitment to Fayed’s charitable work and vows to carry on with raising funds for the cause.

In a video she posted earlier this week, the mountaineer broke down on in tears whilst telling her story with her close friend Marwa.

“I’m doing it to help Marwa Fayed’s Toy Run give 300 children in underprivileged areas in Egypt a chance to be change agents in their communities,” Shahab says in the video.

Watch the video below, and if you’re as eager as we are to donate to the cause, click here.

 

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The Kingdom Implements End to Travel Restrictions For Women

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The Kingdom has begun implementing the previously announced changes to the laws which now allow women to travel without permission from a guardian, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.

“The passports and civil status departments and their branches in all regions of the kingdom have started to implement the amendments stipulated in the royal decree,” the report said, citing an interior ministry source.

The rules were announced in a royal decree earlier last month, and it gives adult women the freewill to travel and exercise more control over family matters.

“The passport department has started receiving applications for women aged 21 and above to issue or renew passports and to travel outside the kingdom without permission,” the department said on Twitter.

These sweeping landmark reforms are a part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman‘s Vision 2030 for the Kingdom that gives citizen a better quality of life. It included last year the lifting of the driving ban on women and the possibility of ending the male guardian system.

 

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Saudi Students Can Now Study Abroad Without a Permit From their Guardians

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Saudi students can now travel abroad to study overseas without a need of a permit from their guardians, this includes students under the age of 21.

All the students need to travel is a proof of their scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports announced on Monday

This clarification comes after a number of reforms have been announced in a royal decree last month, first giving the right for every Saudi citizen to obtain a passport, for Saudi women to travel without permission from a male guardian and now this.

The royal decree has been certainly welcomed and found to be a huge step towards attaining the 2030 vision, that ensures a better quality of life for citizens.

 

 

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