Not only a week since the historic announcement was made that women in Saudi Arabia will no longer need permission from their male guardian’s for traveling and yet another law is about to get rewritten that gives women more self-autonomy.
Saudi women who are opting to study abroad might soon not need a male mahram (guardian)
The Saudi Cultural Attache in Washington, Mohammed Al-Issa has hinted at the possibility that Saudi women students may not need any male mahram (guardian) to study abroad.
“We may soon receive instructions from the Ministry of Education to cancel the condition of a male mahram for Saudi female students wishing to study abroad,” he told a local Arabic newspaper this weekend.
He also pointed out that already some female students are exempted from this condition in consideration of their own personal circumstances.
“The women who pursue their higher studies abroad are mature enough and can bear their own responsibility without the need of a male guardian to be with them,” he said.
Applications for the scholarship program will start after the Haj.