Saudi women takes a new step By


Saudi women were allowed to attend a football match at a public stadium for the first time on Friday, as part of a series of reforms aimed at easing gender restrictions in the conservative Muslim country.

Women could attend the match after strict gender segregation was eased by authority in October past year.

The General Sports Authority announced in October that stadiums in Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh will be set up to accommodate families starting in 2018. The women however had to enter through designated turnstiles for women and families.

Previously women could watch matches on television only. The structure of the stadium accommodated the segregation with women-only vehicle parks and separate entrances for the female spectators.

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To prepare them for this new-found freedom, the first women's vehicle showroom has opened in the city of Jeddah on Thursday.

Construction teams had scrambled to build female toilets and line off a women-only parking lot ahead of the game.

Though, the women were set aside in the stands from the male-only crowd with nominated seating in the supposed family section at King Abdullah Sports City stadium, as per reports of ABC News.

According to the Saudi Gazette, Al-Ahli trounced Al-Batin 5-0 in the Premier League match.