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Saudi Arabia lifts travel restrictions on women, grants them greater control

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Saudi Arabia has allowed adult women to travel without permission and granted them more control over family matters, rendering a further blow to a heavily criticised male guardianship system at a time of heightened scrutiny over its human rights record.

A series of royal decrees published by the official gazette on Friday stipulated that a Saudi passport should be issued to any citizen who applies for it and that any person above the age of 21 does not need permission to travel.

The amendments to regulations also grant women, for the first time, the right to register child birth, marriage or divorce and to be issued official family documents and be eligible as a guardian to children who are minors.

Source: The Hindu

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