Saudi Arabia is all set to allow women to enter sports stadium
According to a leading daily, Saudi Arabia is all set to ease restrictions on women spectators in sports stadium. Notably, women will be allowed into three arenas in major cities which will start in early 2018, said General Sport Authority of the country in a statement.
Interestingly, this is another major move towards giving more freedom to Saudi Women, who face strict gender segregation rules, and follows the historic lifting of a driving ban.
Well, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is leading a major drive to modernize Saudi Society, and it seems he is on the right track. A society can only grow when man and woman are treated equally.
Women will be allowed to enter the stadiums in three major cities- Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. The Sports Authority has informed that preparations will start in all three stadiums so they can be ready to accommodate families by early 2018.
Apart from this, restaurants, cafes and monitor screens would be set up inside the stadiums as a part of changes.
Important things to know
These all reforms are being made in line with a wide –ranging plan announced by 32- year –old Prince Mohammad to make Saudi Arabia modern and socially equipped which is known as Vision 2030. Notably, last month women were given permission for driving and now their entry in sports stadium is getting a lot of applause.
As per analysts Mohammad’s plans are full of risks as he might have to face backlash from the conservative society.
Despite recent announcements, women still face severe restrictions in the country, which enforces a strict form of Sunni Islam known as Wahhabism. They still have to written permission from their male guardian if they want to travel, work or access health care.
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