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Saudi Women Can Start Own Business

Riyadh (February 19, 2018): Women in Saudi Arabia can now open their own businesses without the consent of a husband or male relative, as the kingdom pushes to expand a fast-growing private sector.

The policy change, announced by the Saudi government last week, also marks a major step away from the strict guardianship system that has ruled the country for decades.“Women can now launch their own businesses and benefit from (governmental) e-services without having to prove consent from a guardian,” the ministry of commerce and investment said on its website.

Under Saudi Arabia´s guardianship system, women are required to present proof of permission from a male “guardian” — normally the husband, father or brother — to do any government paperwork, travel or enroll in classesLong dependent on crude production for economic revenue, Saudi Arabia is pushing to expand the country´s private sector, including an expansion of female employment under a reform plan for a post-oil era.

While women still face a host of restrictions in the ultraconservative kingdom, Saudi Arabia´s public prosecutor´s office this month said it would begin recruiting women investigators for the first time.The kingdom has also opened 140 positions for women at airports and border crossings, a historic first that the government said drew 107,000 female applicants.

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