Riyadh: Saudi women can now officially change their names without guardian approval.
The country's Interior Ministry’s Civil Affairs Agency announced that Saudi men and women can change their data including names of the family, children and social status by visiting any one of its branches, according to Okaz newspaper.
The move, which comes as the kingdom continues to empower females and remove restrictions on them, means that a woman can change her name by booking an appointment via the official website and checking for related procedures.
In recent years, the country has taken various steps such as allowing women to drive for the first time in its history in 2018.
It has also allowed women to travel without a male guardian’s approval and to apply for a passport.