The conservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia is now allowing women to join armed forces.
The move was announce on Wednesday highlighting a series of measures in increasing rights for women in the kingdom, even rights groups accuse Riyadh of cracking down on women activists.
Last year, women were allowed to join the kingdom’s security forces and these are said to be another step towards empowerment.
Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, approved lots of reforms on widening women’s rights, including allowing them to drive and to travel abroad without consent from a male “guardian”. At the same time, he has overseen the arrest of well-known women’s rights activist, including Loujain al-Hathloul.
Saudi Arabia is currently pushing to improve its image and diversity and aims to attract tourists and be known for its attractions and being the world’s largest crude exporter as well. © Agence France-Presse