Equality Middle East

Glacial change

Only a country as restrictive as Saudi Arabia could come up with such a thing as a progressive move.

Female divorcees and widows in Saudi Arabia are to be assigned ID cards allowing them to act independently from men, local media reported on Thursday.

The changes will allow women to register a child for school, access records and authorise medical procedures once their marriages have ended, the reports said.

Without their own identity documents, divorced women in Saudi currently need permission from their husbands or a court order to perform those tasks, the Arab News said.

No date has been set for the change, it said.

The wheels of change are grinding forwards, at glacial pace. Via: Divorced Saudi women to have ID cards: Reports