Saudi Arabia ready to ensure women’s freedom; ‘Women can now live alone’

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia is preparing to implement more legal amendments to ensure women’s freedom. From now on, the new law will allow an adult woman to live in the country without the consent of her male guardian. Article 16 of the Shariah Court Rules has been amended. Earlier, in the ninth paragraph of this article, it was stated that a woman who has reached the age of majority, divorce or widowhood should be under the care of her parents.

However, the amendment amends the law to say that an adult woman has the right to decide for herself where to live and that clear evidence is needed if a man’s guardian is to file a complaint against a woman.

In 2020, the Saudi government allowed women to travel abroad without the consent of their male parents. Legal experts say the amendment will help eliminate the abuse of the male protection system.