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Saudi Arabia announced to allow women to serve in armed forces

Saudi Arabia announced to allow women to serve in armed forces

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia embarks on a broad programme of economic and social reforms, the country announced that it will allow women in the kingdom to serve in armed forces. This move is the latest in a series of measures aimed by the country towards women empowerment and increasing the rights of women in the kingdom, even as rights groups accuse Saudi Arabia of cracking down on women activists.

Key Points

  • Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest crude oil exporter is now waiting to improve its image and attract tourists as part of a plan to diversify its economy away from oil. 
  • Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, has approved a handful of reforms aimed at widening women’s rights. 
  • This would include allowing women to drive and travel abroad without any consent from a male ‘guardian’. 
  • Saudi Arabia has also allowed foreign couples to rent hotel rooms.
  • Earlier in the year 2018, Saudi Arabia had authorised women to join its security forces and now it has allowed women in the kingdom to serve in armed forces. 
  • The women would now be able to serve as private first class, corporal or sergeant.

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