Saudi women ask the government to end the male guardianship

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Adult women must obtain permission from a male guardian to travel, marry, or exit prison. They may be required to provide guardian consent in order to work or access healthcare. Sometimes guardians have conditioned their consent for women to work or to travel on her paying him large sums of money.

Previously, the government agreed to do something in 2009 and again in 2013 but almost nothing significant happened. Saudi Arabia has made only a series of limited changes over the last 10 years to ease restrictions on women. Some of them increas4d women’s access to the labor market. As a good fact, authorities have provided incentives to employers to hire women and provided thousands of scholarships for women to study in universities abroad. But those reforms remain partial and incomplete and now is asked another state response.

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