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Saudi women can now join the army for first time Saudi women can now join the army for first time
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The move comes as part of the thawing of a strict regime in Saudi Arabia that has traditionally granted more rights to men The move comes as part of the thawing of a strict regime in Saudi Arabia 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 up applications to some women.</strong> <strong>Women in Saudi Arabia are now able to enlist in the military for the 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. 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>. 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. 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>
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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 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>.) 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. 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.
  In a political and military reshuffle announced on Monday evening by King Salman bin Abdulaziz, a woman was given a senior government job, marking a rare occurrence in the kingdom. 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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