Women allowed into stadium as Saudi Arabia celebrates it's 87th anniversary

Women allowed into stadium as Saudi Arabia celebrates it's 87th anniversary

Women allowed into stadium as Saudi Arabia celebrates it's 87th anniversary

Saad al-Hijri, head of fatwas (legal opinions) in Saudi Arabia's Assir governorate, was suspended from all religious activity after advising against allowing women to drive in a speech that contained comments "diminishing human value", a spokesman for the governor of Asir province said.

"Would it give him a license or not? Now I can go everywhere in my country", 25-year-old Sultana told Reuters, green and white flags painted on both cheeks as she entered the complex with her girlfriends. "We demand the traffic department check because she is not suitable to drive and she has only a quarter". "So how would you give one to a woman when she has half an intellect".

Currently, Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women can not drive, although several prominent local figures-such as Prince Alwaleed bin Talal-have spoken out in favour of overturning the rule.

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However in a country that adheres to the austere Wahhabi brand of Sunni Islam, which bans gender mixing, concerts and cinemas, the plan's seemingly anodyne goals to empower women, promote sports and invest in entertainment have been criticised. "Never mind driving a auto, which is coming, no doubt".

He continued: "Maybe some people are afraid of change, but it is inevitable".

Saudi women arrive at a stadium for the first time to attend an event in the capital Riyadh on September 23, 2017 commemorating the anniversary of the founding of the kingdom.

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A toddler wore a shirt that said in English "I (heart) Saudi Arabia" while a little girl donned a green dress with the faces of King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed, printed on it.

The Gulf kingdom's ruling monarchy also is taking steps to at least address the number of women in the workforce, permitting them to train as air traffic controllers for the first time, Saudi Press Agency, the country's state news agency, reported last week.

Kingdom Centre was also adorned with portraits of famous women such as track athlete Sarah Al Attar and sprinter Kariman Abuljadayel, who were part of the Saudi team at the Rio Olympics. New figures from the Ministry of Labor and Social Development show that the number of women in private-sector roles has increased 130 percent between 2012 and 2016.

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