Saudi women and girls queued outside football stadiums on Friday to watch their first live soccer matches after the kingdom lifted a ban on them attending.
However, they will still be separated from the male crowd in designated ‘family sections’ which include separate entrances, parking lots, prayer rooms, restrooms and smoking areas.
The move is part of Saudi Arabia’s drive to grant women greater rights, with women being allowed to drive from June for the first time.
Dozens of Saudi women and girls queued outside the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in the Red Sea city of Jeddah on Friday to watch their first live game of soccer
Many used the hashtag to write that women’s place should be in the home, focusing on their children and preserving their faith, and not out at a stadium where male crowds frequently curse and chant raucously.
Saudi Arabia’s 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is King Salman’s son and heir, is seen as the driving force behind these changes.
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