Saudi Arabia will allow girls to participate in physical education classes for the first time ever, a change experts say illustrates how the government is moving to modernize and loosen rules in the ultraconservative kingdom where women are not allowed to drive or travel without a male chaperone.
Fatimah Baeshen, a Saudi socioeconomic strategist and director of D.C.-based Arabia Foundation said the move is “a turning point in education reform, the curriculum development and the beginnings of gender balance at the child development stage.”
“The introduction of physical education and female gym licenses are institutional recognition that women have the right to also participate in sports and fitness activities,” Baeshen said. “All of this indicates progress for women.”
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