Saudi women will soon be allowed to travel without ‘mahram’

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia may ease restrictions on women’s ability to travel without a male guardian’s permission this year. Currently, women of any age and men under 21 need a guardian’s permission to travel internationally.

However, according to the Wall Street Journal, Saudi authorities this year tasked a government committee with revamping guardianship laws. A senior Saudi adviser on the condition of anonymity said the travel restrictions would be changed this year as a result of the committee’s work, saying the directive had come “from the top.”

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The move is seen as part of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s plan to empower women. Earlier he has lifted a ban on women driving, suggested that women no longer need to wear traditional neck-to-toe dresses called abayas and curbed a religious police force that often harassed and even jailed women for how they dressed.

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