Saudi to allow women to apply for government services

Indo Asian News Service

Riyadh, May 4 (IANS) Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud told government authorities on Thursday to allow women to apply for services without the approval of their guardians, local media reported.

The current procedures to get various government services include providing written approval by the women's guardians to process their applications.

Public organisations were requested to list services that women could apply to evaluate if they could be included in the order in accordance with Islamic regulations within the next three months, Sabq online news reported.

The order also demanded organisations to provide appropriate transportation services for their female employees.

Saudi Arabia does not allow women to drive and this has been a hinder for many of them to get jobs or lead independent lifestyles.