UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Saudi women will be allowed to attend sports events in stadiums, as of Jan. 12.
The new ruling, announced last year, is Saudi Arabia’s latest step toward greater women’s rights and more lenient gender segregation rules.
Women will, however, be seated apart from single men in designated family areas, in accordance with Saudi Arabia’s interpretation of Islam, which forbids the mixing of genders in public spaces.
Three stadiums in the kingdom are ready to host families and the first sporting event will be a football match in the capital Riyadh.
Saudi women were permitted to enter the national stadium in Riyadh for the first time last year when the country celebrated the 87th anniversary of its founding.
Starting in June, Saudi women will also be permitted to drive.
The reforms are in line with a program launched by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, known as Vision 2030.