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'We feel empowered': Saudi women relish their new freedoms

New laws on travel, divorce and applying for documents have largely been embraced
Saudi students at a careers fair in Riyadh. Photograph: Faisal Nasser/Reuters

Saudi women have largely embraced new laws allowing them to travel, divorce, and apply for official documents without the permission of a male guardian, and claimed conservative resistance to the sweeping decrees is doomed to fail.

The measures, , amount to a partial dismantling of guardianship laws that have long confined women in Saudi Arabia to narrow gender roles and marginalised their role in society. Such moves have been long awaited and are a centrepiece

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