Women in Saudi Arabia will soon be able to travel abroad without being accompanied by a male guardian.

Government officials in the kingdom, which adheres to a strict interpretation of fundamentalist Islam, announced recently that women over the age of 21 will be permitted to leave the country without a male guardian. Previously, Saudi women could not travel unless accompanied by a man, usually a close male relative, such as a father or brother.

NPR reported that the country has gradually been granting women more rights. Last year, women were given the right to drive.

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