Saudi Arabia was well known as one of the world’s most gender-segregated nations. In a global study of the gender gap made last year, the kingdom was ranked 141 out of 144 countries. Women’s rights campaigner Maha Akeel had the following to declare in regards to the recent king order: “Women are independent and can take care of themselves.. Now at least it opens the door for discussion on the guardian system”.
The recently announced king order is just one small step from a whole series of steps needed to be taken by Saudi Arabia in order to diversify its economy and reduce its reliance on oil. The main idea is to include women more in the workforce. This movement started back in 2011 when the previous King Abdullah ordered to allow women onto the government advisory Shura Council. Ever since, through a series of orders, women received more control over their life choices.