Saudi Women

Saudi women celebrate uplifting of driving ban

Saudi Arabian women celebrates being able to drive for the first time in decades today, as the kingdom overturnes the world's only ban on female motorists, a historic reform expected to usher in a new era of social mobility.

August 28, 2018
August 28, 2018

After driving ban ends, Saudi women taste thrill of speed

Donning a helmet inside a pearl silver sports sedan, Rana Almimoni skids and drifts around a Riyadh park, engine roaring, tyres screeching and clouds of dust billowing from the back.

June 24, 2018
June 24, 2018

Saudi women celebrate uplifting of driving ban

Saudi Arabian women celebrates being able to drive for the first time in decades today, as the kingdom overturnes the world's only ban on female motorists, a historic reform expected to usher in a new era of social mobility.

March 19, 2018
March 19, 2018

'Saudi women should have choice whether to wear abaya robe'

Women in Saudi Arabia need not wear headcover or the black abaya - the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of Islamic piety - as long as their attire is “decent and respectful”, the kingdom’s reform-minded crown prince says.

February 11, 2018
February 11, 2018

‘Saudi women should not have to wear abaya robes’

Saudi women need not wear the abaya - the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of religious faith - a senior member of the top Muslim clerical body said, another indication of the Kingdom's efforts towards modernisation.

January 12, 2018
January 12, 2018

Saudi women to enter stadiums for first time

Saudi women will be allowed for the first time to enter a sports stadium to watch a soccer match between two local teams, though they will be segregated from the male-only crowd with designated seating in the so-called “family section.”

December 16, 2017
December 16, 2017

Saudi women will also be allowed to drive motorcycles, trucks

Saudi Arabian women will be able to drive trucks and motorcycles, officials say three months after the kingdom announced a historic decision to end a ban on women driving.

December 13, 2015
December 13, 2015

Votes counted after historic Saudi poll

Votes are being counted in Saudi Arabia's municipal elections, in which women were allowed for the first time to cast their ballots.