Saudi Arabia allows women to open their business ventures without male consent

Women in Saudi Arabia can now open their own businesses without the consent of a husband or male relative, as the kingdom pushes to expand a fast-growing private sector, media reports said on Monday.
Saudi Arabia allows women to open their business ventures without male consent
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Women in Saudi Arabia can now open their own businesses without the consent of a husband or male relative, as the kingdom pushes to expand a fast-growing private sector, media reports said on Monday.

The policy change announced by the Saudi government also marks a major step away from the strict guardianship system that has ruled the country for decades, according to the report published in the Dawn.

"Women can now launch their own businesses and benefit from (governmental) e-services without having to prove consent from a guardian," report quoted the kingdom's ministry of commerce and investment website.

Under Saudi Arabia's guardianship system, women are required to present proof of permission from a male "guardian" — normally the husband, father or brother — to do any government paperwork, travel or enrol in classes, the report mentioned.

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