In a country where misogyny reigns supreme to the point where women are essentially not allowed to do anything, any move toward social reform is welcome.
After finally enabling women to drive last year, Saudi Arabia is currently undergoing its first reform effort of 2018, as the country’s women will not be permitted to enter soccer stadiums and watch matches from the stands. However, they will be segregated from the men, able to sit only in the “family section.” Their first game that they are capable of watching is in Jeddah during Friday evening.
The fact that Saudi women are still forced to be segregated from the men is incredibly shitty, but I suppose this is a move in the right direction for the country. I mean, of course they really need a complete overhaul to enable women to have the same rights as men, but it looks like baby steps need to be taken.
Today, women in Saudi Arabia will watch soccer live from the stands for the first time. This is all part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's sweeping reform efforts: https://t.co/lllOLYbqrd
— Niki Blasina (@NikiBlasina) January 12, 2018
Women in Saudi Arabia will finally be allowed to attend a professional football match for the first time on Friday – a momentous event, especially for one Al-Hilal fan – @JohnnyDuerdenhttps://t.co/GbXNRQenzQ
— Ben Williams (@BenitoWill) January 12, 2018
— Kambiz Foroohar (@kambizf) January 8, 2018
— Al-Ahli Saudi Club (@ALAHLI_FCEN) January 12, 2018
— Saudi Arabia Future (@SAFuture_EN) January 12, 2018
#SaudiWomen can now support their favorite soccer teams by wearing abayas in the style of their club’s colors, as stores seize advantage of Saudi women's increasing involvement in sports. pic.twitter.com/CjRM5Pz49J
— About Her (@AboutHerOFCL) November 15, 2017
I can't wait for the day, when the women in Saudi Arabia, can choose to play soccer if they want, too. Those women, definitely deserve to go kick some balls!!! #SaudiArabia #Women #Time #soccer#TheResistance ⚽⚽⚽ https://t.co/3sZSNOKx3a
— Regina ❤ (@RQHearts) January 12, 2018