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Saudi Arabia Allows Women To Join Military

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RIYADH – Women in Saudi Arabia are allowed to join the military as the kingdom continues to enact reforms granting females more access to a wide range of previously forbidden careers, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

Women can apply for positions with the rank of soldier in the provinces of Riyadh, Makkah, Al-Qassim and Madinah.

The applicants must meet certain conditions including Saudi Arabian citizens aged between 25 to 35 years and have high school diploma.

Under the kingdom’s guardianship system, women who apply to join the military must have a residence in the same provinces as the job’s location with their male guardians, usually husband, father, brother or son.

The recruitment of female soldiers is one of many reforms to enhance women’s rights. Women were allowed to drive vehicles from June and ride-hailing apps are getting prepared to hire female drivers.

Lat month, Saudi women were allowed to attend football matches and open their own businesses without the consent of their male relatives.

Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor’s office would begin recruiting women investigators for the first time.

The kingdom has opened 140 positions for women at airports and border crossings, a historic first that the government said drew 107,000 applicants.

However, human rights activists say Saudi Arabia’s discriminatory male guardianship system remains intact, despite government pledges to abolish it. – BERNAMA

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