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saudi arabia celebrates first ever women’s day as fight to end male guardianship continues
According to Arab News reports, the event was organized on the instructions of the Minister of Culture and Information to highlight the leading role of Saudi women.
Mohammed Al-\"We want to celebrate Saudi women and their successful role and remind people of her achievements in education, culture, medical literature and other fields
Saif, head of the cultural center, told the publication.
Saudi Arabia remains the only country in the world that prohibits women from obtaining a driver\'s license.
There is a male guardianship law in the kingdom that requires a woman to be approved by a male guardian, usually a husband, father, brother or son, or a higher education, before obtaining a passport, marriage, travel.
Read more: \"Now is the time for Saudi women to start driving,\" the Saudi Prince posted on twitter a panel discussion on education and sports led by female members of the Saudi royal family.
At present, women are not free to participate in sports competitions in Saudi Arabia.
Princess Adila bint Abdullah Al.
Saudi Arabia, an advocate for women\'s driving rights and women\'s health and legal rights, gave a speech on the kingdom\'s heritage.
She had publicly expressed her opposition to domestic violence and supported women\'s groups.
Of the 141 global gender inequalities in the World Economic Forum, Saudi Arabia ranked 144 out of 2016 countries.
However, a report from 2016 Human Rights Watch noted the positive development of allowing Saudi women to register for voting and participate in the municipal elections in 2015.
Read more: Saudi men are jailed for calling for an end to strict male control over women and fined $8 k. Under the National Transformation Plan, Saudi Arabia promised to increase the number of women employed in the public sector with a vision of 2030, but no action was taken to address the male guardianship system.
More than 14,000 people signed a petition last year asking the Saudi government to stop the system.