Saudi women have already been given the opportunity to climb the ranks in the front line of public security
Women’s rights in Saudi Arabia has taken another step forward with the news that females can rise up the ranks of the country’s armed forces.
According to Arabic international daily Asharq Al-Awsat, the kingdom’s Ministry of Defence has relaxed the rules – while women have been able to join the armed forces in Saudi Arabia, this is the first time they can climb to more senior ranks.
Under the scheme women can now join as lance corporals, corporals, sergeants and staff sergeants in the Royal Saudi Land Forces, Royal Saudi Airforce, Royal Saudi Arabian Navy, Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces, Royal Saudi Strategic Missile Forces and Armed Forces Medical Services.
Saudi women have already been given the opportunity to climb the ranks in the front line of public security, including the General Directorate of Narcotics, General Directorate of Prisons, Criminal Evidence and Customs.
Women in Saudi Arabia were given permission to drive for the first time last year, while travel restrictions were lifted this year for women and the country has dropped its strict dress code for foreign women.