It has been nearly a year since Saudi leadership announced a momentous decree allowing Saudi women to obtain driver's licenses. And since the announcement, it has made concerted efforts to tie this decree into women's wider economic empowerment.
In a new step towards accomplishing further rights for women, the Saudi Justice Ministry abolished the so-called "House of Obedience" ruling and suspended all provisions that oblige the wife to return to her husband's house without her consent.
For many years the rights of Saudi women have been suppressed. Among these were the right to drive a vehicle and to be allowed to participate in the fields of military and entertainment. These rights have remained out of reach.