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Saudi Arabia holds women-only auto show after end of driving ban

Saudi Arabia holds women-only auto show after end of driving ban

"It's a historic game, the first in which Saudi families can enter a stadium together", said Lina Al-Maenna, a director of Jeddah United, Saudi Arabia's first women-only basketball team, in an interview with Arab News.

The showroom opened its doors to female citizens five months before the ruling to allow women to drive takes effect in June this year.

The move is Saudi Arabia's first social reform planned for this year granting women greater rights.

The decision to allow women to attend soccer games - albeit in "family sections" that keep them separate from the all-male sections - is part of these efforts.

Before the ban was lifted, women were previously arrested for trying to enter a stadium, ABC News reports.

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The kingdom has announced a series of reforms initiated by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman since a year ago. "Eventually there will be a gradual increase (in the number of women watching live football), but I'm very excited to see the number of attendees". "Society is changing in Saudi Arabia but I also believe there's always room for more change". "I asked myself repeatedly 'Why I can't go?'" she asked.

Females spectators on Friday cheered on two of the teams in the Saudi Professional League, Al-Ahli F.C. and Al-Batin F.C. Al-Ahli won 5-0.

No longer - the Saudi government announced in October that the longstanding ban was coming to an end, in at least in three stadiums to start with.

Saudi women have been granted modest but basic rights under new reforms introduced by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose stated policy is to modernize the country and push it towards a more "moderate Islam". Many young Saudis regard his recent ascent to power as proof their generation is taking a central place in running a country whose patriarchal traditions have for decades made power the province of the old and blocked women's progress. However to achieve this, he must grow non-oil industries and increase domestic spending, for which he much include female Saudi citizens more and more into public life.


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