Women in Saudi Arabia can join armed forces

Saudi Arabian women can be recruited in Armed forces (Picture Source- Arab News)

Saudi Arabia takes another step to strengthen women's rights. In a series of social reforms, Saudi Arabia has opened up the armed forces for women.

The Saudi Ministry of defense has announced that women in Saudi Arabia can now take up arms and join the military. Earlier in 2019, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced the plan to allow women into the armed forces.

Saudi Arabian women can be recruited as soldiers, lance corporals, sergeants, and staff sergeants.

Saudi Arabia has been an ultra-conservative kingdom for women. As per the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2016, Saudi Arabia ranked 141 out of 144 countries. Many human rights forums were interfering to create an open environment for women. In 2015, Saudi Arabia took a major step and allowed women to vote in elections and take part in the consultative assembly.

In 2017 Mohammed bin Salman was appointed as the Crown Prince, since then he has been bringing a series of social reforms for women of the country. After the appointment, he allowed women to access the government services like education and health. Within a year he allowed women to drive.

The big development took place when child marriage was completely banned and women were given the right to register for divorce in the year 2019. The active intervention of the Crown Prince is changing and normalizing the strict interpretation of sharia laws. Women are actively doing campaigns to bring reforms. Last year, the Ministry of Justice announced that Saudi Arabia will start recruiting female court judges soon

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