Saudi to allow women to join armed forces

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. - AP file photo

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - The move is the latest in a series of measures aimed at increasing the rights of women in the kingdom.



By AFP, AP

Published: Wed 9 Oct 2019, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Thu 10 Oct 2019, 1:15 AM

Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday it will allow women to serve in the armed forces as it embarks on a broad programme of economic and social reforms.
The move is the latest in a series of measures aimed at increasing the rights of women in the kingdom.
"Another step to empowerment," the foreign ministry wrote on Twitter, adding that women would be able to serve as private first class, corporal or sergeant. Last year, Saudi Arabia authorised women to join its security forces.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz has approved a handful of reforms aimed at widening women's rights, including allowing them to drive and to travel abroad without consent from a male 'guardian'.
Saudi Arabia has recently allowed women to rent hotel rooms without a male guardian's presence, and foreign men and women to share a room without proof of marriage.
Saudi Arabia, the world's largest crude exporter, is pushing to attract tourists as part of a plan to diversify its economy away from oil.


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