As women continue to make strides in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the first female soldiers have graduated from the Armed Forces Women’s Cadre Training Center.

Following 14 weeks of training which began at the end of May, the female soldiers officially completed it last week.

As part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030, the Kingdom opened up military recruitment to females back in February, which will eventually lead to women serving in frontline roles for the country.

 

In a statement acknowledging the history-making changes in the Kingdom, Major-General Adel Al-Balawi, the head of the Armed Forces Education and Training Authority, noted this training program and many others are aiding the Saudi government reach its future goals.

“The center has an important mission, which focuses on providing excellent training programs and curricula and an ideal learning environment,” he said. “It does so in line with international quality standards that meet the needs of (female recruits).

“This aims to improve overall performance, which will help achieve the ministry’s objectives in the future.”

In the last few years, things have changed drastically for women in Saudi Arabia when it comes to their rights and female empowerment.

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Just three months after he stepped into the role in 2017, the Crown Prince unveiled in a royal decree that women would be able to secure driving licenses from June 2018 and he has gone on to do much more.

Then, in March 2018, it was announced by the Ministry of Justice that women who are divorced in the country would be able to instantly retain custody of their children.

Under his plans, women are now also able to attend sports events in stadiums in three cities, female students in the Kingdom are now allowed to carry their phones while on campus and as of August 2019, women aged over 21 are now allowed to travel independently.

Under Vision 2030, there are many more history-making changes set to take place for women in the Kingdom.

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Images: Saudi Arabia Ministry of Defense