Saudi Arabia is moving towards a transformation after many years of struggle. The Middle-East country is known to be a very traditional and closed-in society where women were not allowed to drive and roam around freely without the companionship or permission of their male guardian. But as time progresses, Arab society is adjusting to modernity ever since Muhammad Bin Salman’s nomination as Crown Prince.
Saudi Arabia has been known as the most gender-segregated country in the world where women are desperate to change the stereotypes and represent it on the map of world as a progressive and modern society.
Women’s rights in Saudi Arabia have always been a debatable issue. Saudi Arabia was the only country where driving was prohibited for women, punishable by incarceration. They weren’t allowed to move anywhere without the guardianship of male companions like father, husband or son.
However that all changed five years ago when King Abdul Aziz took an initiative embracing feminism.
Women were allowed to join the work force, and now we see that women are allowed to drive too, after a royal decree was issued last month. Women are enthusiastically portraying themselves as the modern face of Saudi Arabia, with more and more women being employed in organizations, shops, and government positions.
Women like Taleedah Tamer, an eighteen-year-old girl from Jeddah, dreamt to break the stereotypes that are generally associated with Saudi women internationally. Taleedah became the Kingdom’s first ever supermodel who appeared in Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week this year. In a New York Time’s interview she said that she recognized that there will be Saudis who may not be happy with her modelling career, but she nevertheless feels honored to broaden the global perspective on what it means to be a modern Saudi woman.