The Changing Face of Saudi Women: addario_09

On a train, 27-year-old Hoda Hussein took her children to Dammam in the East to visit her husband, who works there.  For decades women traveling in the absence of male guardians had been considered a dangerous act that violated Saudi religious law. Currently women still have to obtain permission from their guardians to leave their home towns, but domestic travel by women without guardians is becoming more common.

On a train, 27-year-old Hoda Hussein took her children to Dammam in the East to visit her husband, who works there. For decades women traveling in the absence of male guardians had been considered a dangerous act that violated Saudi religious law. Currently women still have to obtain permission from their guardians to leave their home towns, but domestic travel by women without guardians is becoming more common.