Published On: Tue, Mar 26th, 2013

Saudi women to be granted national ID cards

Saudi women to be granted national ID cardsSaudi women will be for the first time granted national identity cards, giving them the freedom to act independently.

The move means women will no longer have to rely on a male family member to affirm their identity in situations such as applying for government services or establishing a business.

The ID cards will be optional before becoming mandatory after seven years.
Saudi women welcomed the Cabinet decision, Arab News reported, quoting a female student, Mysar Jabr, who said it was another step toward empowering women.

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Source: Arabian Business

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