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Saudi women can now join the army for first time  Saudi women can join army for first time
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The move comes as part of the softening of a strict regime in Saudi Arabia that has traditionally restricted women's rights  The move comes as part of the thawing of the strict regime that has traditionally granted more rights to men
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<strong>Women in Saudi Arabia are now able to enlist in the military for the first time as the country opens applications to some women.</strong>  <strong>Women in Saudi Arabia are able to join the military for the very first time as the country opens up applications to some women.</strong>
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Applicants must be Saudi citizens aged between 25 and 35, have passed a high-school diploma, and be at least 155cm 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. Women's roles won't involve combat but duties 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>.  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>  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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Until 2015, women were banned from voting, and until 2018, women were prohibited from watching soccer in stadiums, attending movie theaters, and 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>.)  
Women in Saudi Arabia have had some restrictions on them removed but<a href="https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2018/country-chapters/saudi-arabia"> human rights activists say</a> that the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_rights_in_Saudi_Arabia#Male_guardians">male guardianship system is still entrenched: </a> Women still have to get permission from male companions for a range of life decisions.  
In a political and military reshuffle announced on Monday evening by King Salman bin Abdulaziz, a woman was given a senior government job, a rare occurrence. Tamadur bint Youssef al-Ramah <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-saudi-government/saudi-arabia-reshuffles-military-promotes-woman-at-labour-ministry-idUKKCN1GA2P9">became deputy labour minister</a>.  
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