Saudi Arabia allows women at football game for first time
Saudi Arabia has for the first time allowed women to spectate at a football match, part of an easing of strict rules on gender separation by the ultra-conservative Muslim country. It follows a series of reforms intended to modernise the country, BBC reports.
Women fans filed into a stadium in the city of Jeddah yesterday, through family gates into family seating. But even segregated as they were, their presence in the stadium marked a significant moment for the Kingdom.
Earlier on Friday, ahead of the football game, there was another small sign of change: the country's first car showroom dedicated to female customers was opened.
For the first time, women will this June be allowed to get behind the wheel, after it was announced in September that a ban on women drivers would be lifted. Women at the car showroom milled around inspecting vehicles that they will be allowed to take out on the road when the ban ends.