Saudi women to be granted national ID cards

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Saudi women will be for the first time granted national identity cards, giving them the freedom to act independently.

The move means women will no longer have to rely on a male family member to affirm their identity in situations such as applying for government services or establishing a business.

The ID cards will be optional before becoming mandatory after seven years.

Saudi women welcomed the Cabinet decision, Arab News reported, quoting a female student, Mysar Jabr, who said it was another step toward empowering women.

“It is vital for women, especially when they are in business and serve as Shoura members. They are not just dependent members [anymore],” she told Arab News.

Saudi males over 15 years old also will be required to obtain an individual identity card under the new regulations.

It will be optional for children aged ten to 15 years.

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Posted by: Ebrahim

will everybody please stop making it an issue of controvesy or negativity, let us rather be positive;happy and celebrate the good news for a change,Our sisters deserve it .do not taint their happiness & Joy.They have fought long & hard for this right so lets respect their success and stop oppressing them further.

Posted by: Nezaud

I have no idea what is your agenda ? Or what you want to prove ? My mother, and wife had there ID's for numbers of years. As matter of facts they are traveling through the gulf state with there ID's not passport. Do not take my word check it out with your local immigration office.

Posted by: Telcoguy

@Nezaud, you are right, in fact I have tried to post a link to AB from April 2010 where they announce this same thing. It has not been approved but you can google it

Posted by: Hisham

Saudi seems to be what they call a "late bloomer". They've now officially entered the 20th century.

Posted by: Nezaud

What is your point ?

Posted by: Hisham

@Nezaud Hahaha, hilarious how you've completely missed the point there! It couldn't have been funnier in a comedy show...

Posted by: Nezaud

Even the Children in Saudi know we are in the 21st. century .

Posted by: Abddullatif

Saudi women had the choice to issue ID cards eight or nine years ago. So your title is wrong and misleading.

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