All rights reserved. Noof is 32 and has thick brown hair, caramel skin, and merry, almond-shaped eyes. The apartment she shares with her husband, Sami, and their two small sons takes up one floor of a three-story building in a crowded neighborhood of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Two years ago, the first time I met her, she was a manager in a food-processing factory, overseeing a dozen workers in an experimental all-female wing that was part of a nationwide campaign to draw Saudi women into paying jobs. Now, in the lighting assembly plant that had just poached her away, Noof was in charge of ten times that many.
Saudi Arabia women's rights reforms may still be thwarted by custom
Saudi Arabia women's rights reforms may still be thwarted by custom | Reuters
Subscriber Account active since. Woman over the age of 21 in Saudi Arabia can now travel without a male guardian's permission. It's the latest example of the kingdom slowly starting to loosen restrictions on daily life in the last two years. The country also finally allowed women to drive, lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas , and began building a multi-billion dollar entertainment city 2. Many of the changes have been pushed by year-old Mohammed bin Salman who, since his promotion to crown prince in June , has taken drastic steps to reform and modernize Saudi Arabia in an effort to shift the country's economy away from oil and prepare the country for the future. While he is seen as a figure who is loosening up some freedoms for women in the kingdom, he is also harshly criticized for human rights offenses. But many of the changes to daily life have benefitted Saudi women and, despite how small some may seem, are proving crucial in their march toward equality.
Saudi Arabia: Important Advances for Saudi Women
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — For insight into these head-spinning times in Saudi Arabia, where the ultraconservative social and religious codes that micromanage daily life seem to spring a new leak every month — women driving! Usher and Akon rapping to sold-out crowds! I hope this place get closed permanently.
Member State of the Arab League. During the late 20th and early 21st centuries, women's rights in Saudi Arabia have been severely limited in comparison to the rights of women in many of its neighboring countries due to the strict interpretation and application of sharia law. Commission on the Status of Women for —, in a move that was widely criticised by the international community. Among the factors that define rights for women in Saudi Arabia are government laws, the Hanbali and Wahhabi schools of Sunni Islam , and traditional customs of the Arabian Peninsula.