Saudi Arabia relaxes laws on women and allows them to apply for state services without male consent

Saudi women to be able to get state services without male consent

Women in the country can now get services without male approval

Friday, May 5, 2017

Women in Saudi Arabia are now able to apply for a range of government services without the consent of their male guardians. 

Prior to the implementation of the new decree, women needed male approval for everyday liberties - like taking employment, being treated in hospital, and opening a bank account.

Under the terms of a new decree, any woman can now receive such services  without having to receive written permission from a husband, father, brother, or any male figure responsible for them. 

Human rights defenders have praised the move, saying male permission from guardians was a block on women in the country. 

The decree comes soon after Riyadh received its appointment to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which had been blasted by human rights organisations.