The new measure comes amid a raft of opaque reforms around women’s rights issued by Saudi Arabia after the detention of women’s rights activists last year.
Written by The New Arab
Saudi women will now have the right to travel with their children without the permission of their husbands, the latest in a series of opaque reforms issued by the ultraconservative kingdom.
It comes on the heels of a reform announced earlier this month finally allowing Saudi women over-21 to travel abroad without the permission of their male guardian – typically their father or husband.
While the new measures provide relief for many Saudi women, they have been criticised as a smokeshield behind which de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman can hide from accusations of widespread rights abuses.
The reforms are also opaque, with the future of men’s role in the process unclear.
Critics wonder if male guardians will be given a loophole to object to Saudi women’s newly autonomous decision making.