Saudi Arabian women can open business without men's consent

Important step for freedom from male 'protection'

19 February, 14:47

    ROME - Women in Saudi Arabia can now open their own businesses without a male relative's authorisation, in an additional step forward towards freedom from male "protection", as reported by pan-Arab broadcaster Al Arabiya.
    A statement on the website of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Business and Investments said, "Women can now inaugurate their business and receive the benefits of government services without having to show a guardian's consent".
    According to the system in place until now, for any bureaucratic procedure, travel, or enrolment in educational courses or lessons, women were required to present proof of consent, generally from a father, husband or brother.
    The decision aims to facilitate development in the private sector, where a strong expansion in female labour is expected.

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