Women in Saudi Arabia still can’t do these things

In a first for the conservative religious kingdom, Saudi Arabia has declared that women will finally be able to drive, the culmination of years of activism and appeals both from within and outside the Gulf nation.

Saudi women will reportedly be able to apply for their own driving licenses without having to secure the permission of their male guardians. However, rules that govern the guardianship of women continue to restrict many aspects of every day life for the country’s female population.

Saudi Arabia, which adheres to some of the strictest interpretations of Sunni Islam in the world, has long prevented women from taking on a larger role in its society.

What women in Saudi Arabia can do:

a. Play sports and compete in the Olympics.
b. Attain a college education.
c. Be appointed to the Consultative Council.
What women in Saudi Arabia cannot do:
a. Conduct certain business without a male sponsor.
b. Retain custody of their children in a divorce after they reach the age of seven for boys and nine for girls.
c. Marry, divorce, travel, open a bank account, get a job or have elective surgery without permission from their male guardians.

Source Credit: CNN
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