Saudi women have been granted permission to join and serve the armed forces, as per an announcement by the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia has embarked on a journey towards economic & social reforms. Thus, it wants to give women their rights.
The foreign ministry tweeted, “Another step to empowerment, #Saudi women to join the army for the first time.”
So for the first time, women would be able to serve as private first class, corporal or sergeant.
Different reforms have been approved by the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also named MBS. The reforms aim to enhance women’s rights that include allowing them to drive, travel abroad without the need for consent from a male guardian.
Despite these changes being made, there have been prominent women activists and campaigners who have been arrested including Loujain al-Hathloul.
Saudi Arabia is the leading crude exporter in the world. Now, the country wants to improve its image and boost tourism in the country to diversify its economy from just oil. For this, it is essential that the women in the Kingdom are given their rights.