Saudi Arabia lifts ban on sports activities of girls at schools

Thursday 13 July 2017 2 months ago 41   Riyadh   Print

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Report  Web Desk : RIYADH: Just a day into Saudi Arabia’s announcement of lifting ban on sports for girls in public schools, Human Rights Watch praises the decision and calls it a ‘vital step forward.’ HRW also indicates that there are still some serious hurdles, including the country’s male guardianship system that prevents women from fully accessing the education and health benefits of sports exercise. Saudi Arabia published this announcement on its Education Ministry website on July 11. According to the statement, Saudi girls’ schools will offer physical education program beginning in fall 2017 “in accordance with Islamic law standards” and will also be scaled up “according to the possibilities available in each school”. These will include sports halls and competent women instructors. It was also stated that the Ministry made the decision to accomplish the goals setup for the Vision 2030, which is an initiative carried out by the government for economic and developmental growth. 02