In its latest move, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday announced that it would allow women to serve in the armed forces. This evidently embarks on a broad programme of social and economic reforms.
Certainly, women in the ultra-conservative kingdom would be able to serve as a sergeant, corporal or private first class.
Even as Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh is accused of attacks on women activists by rights groups. The latest move comes as measures aimed at increasing the rights of women in the kingdom.
“Another step to empowerment,” wrote the foreign ministry on Twitter. The department added that women would be able to serve as private first class, corporal or sergeant.
The kingdom’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has approved a few reforms aiming at widening rights of women.
Recently, the prince allowed women to drive and travel abroad without consent from a male ‘guardian’.
The Crown Prince has, however, simultaneously directed the arrest of some prominent women’s rights campaigners, including activist Loujain al-Hathloul.
In 2018, the ultra-conservative kingdom, Saudi Arabia, allowed women to join its security forces.