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Saudi_Sikorsky_S-70_Desert_Storm Saudi women can join army for first time
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  The move comes as part of the thawing of the strict regime that has traditionally granted more rights to men
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Military personnel stand near a Saudi Arabian land army Sikorsky S-70 helicopter during Operation Desert Shield. Photo by: United States Air Force <strong>Women in Saudi Arabia are able to join the military for the very first time in the country's history that has often suppressed the rights of women.</strong>
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  Applicants must be Saudi citizens aged between 25 and 35, have a high-school diploma, and be at least 155 cm tall, with a good weight to height ratio (<a href="http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/in-first-saudi-women-can-join-the-army-1.2179268"><em>Gulf News</em></a>). They have until Thursday to apply for soldier positions in the provinces of Riyadh, Mecca, al-Qassim and Medina. Roles won't involve combat but work in the security division, <a href="https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2018/02/22/Saudi-Arabia-opens-soldier-rank-positions-for-women-in-7-regions.html">reports</a> Saudi-owned pan-Arab news channel <em>Al Arabiya</em>.
  The move comes as part of <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/tag/mohammed-bin-salman/">Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman</a>'s reforms to return his country to a <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-41747476">"moderate Islam."</a>
  Until 2015, women were banned from voting, and until 2018, women were prohibited from watching soccer in stadiums, attending movie theaters, and from driving. (See <em>WikiTribune</em>'s <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/01/12/saudi_arabia/saudi-women-can-now-enter-soccer-stadiums-for-the-first-time/35353/">previous coverage of women being able to enter soccer stadiums in Saudi Arabia for the first time</a> and <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2017/09/28/saudi_arabia/analysis-why-saudi-arabia-lifted-its-ban-on-women/5857/">why the country lifted its ban on women driving</a>.)
  The efforts to liberate women in Saudi Arabia have been praised. But<a href="https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2018/country-chapters/saudi-arabia"> human rights activists have said</a> that Saudi Arabia's <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_rights_in_Saudi_Arabia#Male_guardians">male guardianship system</a>, that sees women having to seek permission from male companions for a range of life decisions, remains in one piece despite government pledges to relax it.
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  Gender, Saudi Arabia, Gender
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  Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, Saudi Arabia, Women, Women's Rights
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