Saudi Arabia: women are increasingly fleeing the kingdom
Excessed of being treated as minors all their lives, more and more women are leaving Saudi Arabia every year, explains The Economist. Some adjustments made recently by the Saudi regime betray its difficulties on the issue of women. Accused of being too backward and coercive towards women, institutions have recently placed two women at the head of two major banks, and another one now runs the Tadawul, the local stock exchange.
The agreement of the male guardian, the “wali” (or “guardian”) is no longer required for a woman to perform four types of activities: salespeople in a clothing store, or in amusement parks, for example . A few minor arrangements, however, which did not call into question the wearing of the austere abaya, the long dress covering almost the entire body, were also allowed, along with unaccompanied mobility permits for 5 years.