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Saudi Arabia Gives Women Travel Rights in Major Policy Shakeup
By Vivian Nereim and Sarah Algethami
August 1, 2019, 9:22 AM PDT
Updated on August 2, 2019, 6:48 AM PDT
Government approves amendments overhauling guardianship system
Some women who fought for changes travel banned, behind bars
Female shoppers wearing traditional Saudi Arabian dress walk through the Kingdom Centre shopping mall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
Saudi Arabia will allow women to leave the country without permission from a male relative, a major step toward ending a restrictive guardianship system that has been heavily criticized at home and abroad.
The change was included in extensive amendments to laws governing travel documents, civil status, labor and social insurance approved by the cabinet this week and published in the official gazette on Friday.
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