Saudi Arabia women population is celebrating aother victory after Director General of Traffic, Mohammed Al Bassami, announced that women will soon be joining the traffic police forces, Al Madina newspaper reported on Thursday.
During the interview with the press, Al Bassami said a recommendation on the matter has been sent to higher authorities in the kingdom.
This decision now awaits official approval from King Salman, before it can officially implement the decision.
Twitter sphere was filled with happy citizens!
Soon after the statement was made, it went viral on social media, with thousands of tweeps celebrating the decision, even before its official implementation.
Many were joyous!
قرار حكيم 👍🏼 وعقبال الجيش والحرس
— عبدالرحمن الرمّال (@AGRammal) December 15, 2017
“A wise decision. Hopefully, similar ones pertaining to the army and national guard forces will follow.”
Others celebrated it their own way
We can do it GIRLS . #تعيين_أمن_نسائي_بالمرور
— BUSHRA.ALSUDAIRY (@bishalsudairy22) December 15, 2017
— sara (@Legendai1) December 15, 2017
— Moments MENA (@momentsmena) December 14, 2017
Some women can’t wait to apply
وين اقدم بس ؟؟#تعيين_امن_نسايي_بالمرور
— تولين الحربي. (@rhilx) December 15, 2017
“Where do I apply?”
Saudi Arabia allows women to drive
— وزارة الخارجية (@KSAMOFA) September 26, 2017
This announcement comes months after the kingdom lifted a ban on women driving in September and during a triumphant year for Saudi women in general.
In October, the kingdom announced that women in the country will be allowed to attend sporting events in stadiums starting next year.
All these are the efforts by the kingdom to improve women’s rights in the country.
These include issuing reformed laws governing child marriage, divorce, alimony and the custody of children.
Previous developments in women’s rights
— حسن سجواني (@HSajwanization) May 5, 2017
Saudi Arabia is often internationally criticized for its treatment of women. However, in the past few years, significant progress has been made.
Apart from dropping a long-standing ban on women driving, in recent months, the kingdom opened municipal elections to female candidates and made women’s verbal consent to marriage mandatory.
The Saudi Council also announced an amendment to laws governing travel documents, which, when approved, will give women a right to obtain a passport without male permission.
According to a royal decree issued by King Salman in May, the kingdom’s male guardianship system, which has always been seen as a hindrance to women’s progress, might also be coming to end soon.