Today Saudi women enjoyed a luxury of watching football match in the stadium for the first time in history the match between Al-Ahli against Al-Batin at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia allows women to enter a football stadium for the first time to watch a match, as the ultra-conservative kingdom eases strict decades-old rules separating the sexes. pic.twitter.com/6cyf3WvE9R
— AFP news agency (@AFP) 13 January 2018
Saudi Arabia has allowed women to enter stadiums to watch men’s football matches for the first time in the kingdom’s history.
The game was the first major sporting event ever opened to women in the kingdom.
The Kingdom’s General Sports Authority announced in October that stadiums in Jeddah, Dammam, and Riyadh will be set up to accommodate families starting in 2018.
The move comes as part of a wave of additional rights being granted to women in response to intense pressure from activists.
The notorious driving ban on women was lifted in September 2017, and this week Saudi Arabia will host its first ever women’s squash tournament.
The initiative to allow women into stadiums is part of the government’s Vision 2030 program, spearheaded by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and aimed at giving more freedom to women.