August 2019

Saudi Arabia Ends Restrictive Travel Policy Towards Women

Under a new regulation issued Wednesday, Saudi women will finally be allowed to apply for passports.In addition, Saudi women at least 21 years-old will also be permitted to travel alone. .The previous Saudi guardianship regulation stipulated that women must travel with a male "guardian.".The change in the country's conservative laws are part of a broader shift in Saudi Arabia.In June of 2018, Saudi women were granted the right to drive.Guardianship laws have restricted Saudi women to conducting simple tasks in the company of a male family member.Saudi laws continue to force women to obtain male consent to leave prison, marry or leave a domestic abuse shelter.