For The First Time Ever, Women Of Saudi Arabia Were Allowed To Get In A Sports Stadium

We hope the country will also someday think of taking off the diktats that are imposed on female citizens.

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Stepping into a stadium to may not sound astounding and exciting to you but it was surely a big thing for women living in Saudi Arabia. Apparently, this was the first time ever that a Saudi woman got to enter a sports stadium to attend an event.

Sadly, the women living Saudi Arabia are not allowed to do many things (which we usually do) like driving, interacting with men outside of their families. They are also not allowed to travel to foreign lands without the permission of a male guardian etc.

As per the reports of Reuters, Saudi Arabia was celebrating the 87th anniversary of its foundation this weekend. A Huge event of concerts and performances, including a pageant operetta, were lined for the occasion. It was made accessible for a woman to enter the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh.

The entire stadium was seen filled with burqua-clad women, the exuberance lifted the atmosphere. One Saudi man wrote on Twitter.

Looks like women bought all the tickets!

According to report published in Firstpost,

Women were allowed to enter the stadium, a previously male-only venue used mostly for football matches, with their families and seated separately from single men to watch a musical show and a play on Saudi history.

A 25-year-old Sultana, who attended the event, in an interview with AFP said,

It is the first time I have come to the stadium and I feel like more of a Saudi citizen. Now I can go everywhere in my country. God willing, tomorrow women will be permitted bigger and better things like driving and travel.

Another lady who travelled 1100 km to attend the event, Um Abdulrahm al-Shihri, said,

You cannot imagine how happy we are today. We feel that there is openness towards us. Women are at all levels now--women are now (representatives) in the Shura council, women are now doctors, women are now in big positions. So why shouldn't we join the men in things that matter to our nation (sic)?

Information and title image source: Oddnari

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