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Women to be allowed into sport Stadium in Saudi Arabia from 2018

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Many laws banning women from public activities seems to be gradually lifted as the days unfold in Saudi Arabia, with the newest being, an approval which allows women into three sports stadiums for the first time from next year, authorities made this known on Sunday, in a landmark move that would open up the previously male-only venues to families.

Saudi Arabia as a country has one of the world’s tightest restrictions on women and for long had barred women from sports arenas by strict rules on segregation of the sexes in public.
The Crown Prince, Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitious reform made this announcement in line with the bid to shake up the ultra-conservative kingdom, including a previous decision which now allows women to drive a car.
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“Starting the preparation of three stadiums in Riyadh, Jeddah and Damman to be ready to accommodate families from early 2018,” the General Sports Authority said on Twitter.
Last month authorities allowed hundreds of women to throng a sports stadium in Riyadh, used mostly for football matches, for the first time to mark Saudi Arabia’s national day.
Initially in the country’s guardianship system, a male family member, the father, husband or brother must give permission for a woman’s study, travel and other activities.
But the kingdom appears to be reviewing some of these norms probably in a bid to achieve its “Vision 2030” which is the plan for economic and social reforms, aimed to boost female employment.
In July, rights campaigners welcomed an “overdue” reform by the education ministry to allow girls to take part in sports at state schools.

Appeared first on AFP


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