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Published: Wed, September 27, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

United States welcomes Saudi move to allow women to drive

United States welcomes Saudi move to allow women to drive

Umm Ibrahim sits behind the wheel of her vehicle as she drives in Riyadh, an act that is banned in Saudi Arabia June 21, 2011. Women can not travel overseas, work or undergo some medical procedures without the consent of their male "guardian", often a father, a husband or even a son.

The decision has overturned a longstanding policy that has become a global symbol of the repression of women in the ultraconservative kingdom, the New York Times reported.

By MONA EL-NAGGAR and ADAM BOLT on Publish Date October 15, 2016.

A senior Education Ministry official in Saudi Arabia has been fired after high school students opened their textbooks to find an image of Yoda from the "Star Wars" films seated next to a Saudi king.

The kingdom has been opening more areas for women through the government's modernising reforms, which have sparked tensions with influential clerics upon whose support the ruling family relies.

In recent years, a number of female Saudi activists have been arrested for defying the restriction. She now lives in Australia.

Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive, according to the Saudi Press Agency. A committee will be formed to look into how to implement the new order. For example, the police will have to be trained to interact with women in a way that they rarely do in Saudi Arabia, a society where men and women who are not related have little contact.

In a major step towards gender equality for the kingdom that is often criticized for its infringement of women's rights, King Salman issued a royal decree this Thursday allowing women to acquire their driver licence.

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