The Saudi Arabian’s current “guardianship” laws state that women of all ages need the consent of their male guardian, which is usually their husband, brother, or a relative, to travel abroad or to get hold of a passport.
Well, Saudi women will finally be allowed to travel without a man’s permission, and the changes will take place as early as this year under the planned reforms.
The laws have already been relaxed and they now allow women to drive. According to reports, the reforms will be further extended to allow women to leave the country, and the change will take effect this year, according to Saudi Officials.
A member of the Saudi royal family has told the newspaper that there is no question that the government, the leadership, and the people want to see the system changed. Their current discussion is about how to make the changes as quickly as possible, and without causing a stir.
The Saudi interior minister had to supply a paper travel document for women, which had to be signed by a male relative in the past.
A Saudi government app had allowed men to grant or deny permission on a smartphone in recent years, and some young Saudi women who have fled the country in recent years did it by accessing their father’s phone and changing the setting.
However, some aspects of the guardianship laws will remain, like the permission to marry, or leave prison.