saudi crown prince says women need not wear head cover or abaya robe
Robes of Islamic piety
As long as they dress \"decent and respectful\", The Crown Prince will say.
With the power of the young Prince Mohammed bin Salman rising, the rights of women in the kingdom have expanded, including the decision to allow women to participate in mixed public sports and the right to drive from this summer.
These changes are seen as proof of a new progressive trend towards modernization in the highly conservative Muslim kingdom, despite gender
Apartheid countries continue to be criticized for their continued restrictions on women.
In an interview with CBS television broadcast late yesterday, Prince Mohammed said: \"The law is very clear and stipulates in Islamic law that women wear decent, respectful clothes, just like men
\"However, this does not specifically state the black abaya or black hood,\" he said . \".
\"This decision is entirely up to women to decide what kind of decent and respectful clothing she chooses to wear,\" he added . \".
A senior cleric said last month that women should be physically dressed, but that doesn\'t require abaya.
It is not clear whether these statements indicate a change in the implementation of the dress code for women in the kingdom.
Saudi Arabia does not have written laws and regulations related to Islamic law, and the police and judiciary have long strictly enforced dress requirements for Saudi women to wear robes and, in many cases, to cover their hair and face.
But with the rise of the 32-year-old, the kingdom has witnessed a new atmosphere of social freedom with cautionyear-
After decades of old rulers, the old Crown Prince came to power.
In recent years, Saudi women have begun to wear more colorful robes, with light blue and pink contrasting with traditional black.
In some parts of the country, open-ended abayas on long skirts or jeans are also becoming more common.
On March 8, a group of women in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia commemorated International Women\'s Day by exercising one of their newly acquired freedoms: the right to jog, turning a blind eye to confused onlookers.
Activists, however, attacked the country\'s ongoing guardianship system that requires male family members to approve women to study abroad, travel and other activities.
Last week, the United Nations human rights watchdog called on Saudi Arabia to stop discriminatory practices against women, including male custody, and to give them full access to justice.