Saudi Arabia has opened its doors for the women to do their own businesses without the consent of a husband or a male relative. Under Saudi Arabia’s guardianship system, women are required to present proof of permission from a male “guardian” , normally the husband, father or brother , to do any government paperwork, travel or enroll in classes.
The Saudi government announced the policy change which marks a major step away from the strict guardianship system that has been in force in the country for decades. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the powerful heir to the Saudi throne, has been leading the drive to expand the role of women in the workforce in recent months. His father, King Salman, in September approved the end of a decades-long ban on driving, which goes into effect in June.
The 32-year-old Prince, the chief architect behind Saudi Arabia’s “VISION 2030”, pledged a “moderate, open” Saudi Arabia in October, breaking with ultra-conservative clerics in favour of an image catering to foreign investors and Saudi youth. Prince aims on a reform programme, which seeks to elevate the percentage of women in the work force from 22 percent to nearly one-third.