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Saudi Arabia Allows Women over 21 to Travel Without Male Permission

I won’t hold my breath. They still need permission from their owners.

Saudi women walk out of a shopping mall as they wait for their driver to pick them up in Riyadh 14 June 2005. Saudi women hope to follow in the footsteps of counterparts in neighboring Kuwait, where women were granted full political rights and a woman minister was appointed. Saudi …

Saudi Arabia passed a new law allowing women over the age of 21 to travel abroad without a male guardian’s permission, the Sunni kingdom announced this week.

The move ended a restriction that drew international ire and forced women to flee the country. Constraints on Saudi women’s ability to travel had long been a symbol of the country’s fundamentalist Islamic rule and profoundly patriarchal society.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports.

Saudi Arabian officials reportedly announced the changes on Thursday.

The Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency conceded that the reforms weaken, but do not entirely abolish the guardianship, system.

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