In what can be said as a step towards widening of women’s rights in a highly conservative setup Saudi King has allowed women to be a part of armed forces.
Another step to empowerment, #Saudi women to join the army for the first time pic.twitter.com/OyM6FBgpkF— Foreign Ministry ?? (@KSAmofaEN) October 9, 2019
The move is a part of the kingdom’s broad program of economic and social reforms. Women were allowed to be a part of security forces last year, but the roles were limited to internal security matters.
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Prince Mohammed bin Salman has initiated women’s reforms in face of the right to travel, drive, go abroad without consent of male “Guardian”, watch football matches etc.
The reforms are a part of Saudi’s effort to diversify its economy and thus there is a push to improve its image and attract tourists as part of the plan.