Saudi Arabian women now allowed to travel without a man’s permission

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    It has been decreed in Saudi Arabia that women can now travel abroad independently, that is, without a male guardian’s permission.

    Reports indicate that with the new rule, females over 21 have permission to apply for a passport without authorization.

    According to the decree, women are also being given the right to register births, marriage or divorce.

    The kingdom has recently eased other long-standing social restrictions on females, though campaigners say more remains to be done for their rights.