Saudi Arabia allows women to serve in Armed Forces

As the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia embarks on a broad programme of economic and social reforms, the country announced that it will allow women in kingdom to serve in armed forces. This move is the latest in a series of measures aimed by country towards women empowerment and increasing the rights of women in kingdom, even as rights groups accuse Saudi Arabia of cracking down on women activists.

Reforms Undertaken in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabiaw which is the world’s largest crude exporter is now pushing to improve its image and attract tourists as part of a plan to diversify its economy away from oil.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, has also approved a handful of reforms aimed at widening women’s rights. This includes allowing women to drive and to travel abroad without consent from a male ‘guardian’. Saudi Arabia has also allowed foreign couples to rent hotel rooms.

Earlier in 2018, Saudi Arabia had authorised women to join its security forces and now it has allowed women in kingdom to serve in armed forces. The women would now be able to serve as private first class, corporal or sergeant.

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