Sometimes we lose sight of just how lucky we are to live in a democratic culture that goes a long way to protect the rights of all its citizens.
A way for Saudi Arabia to go yet though as women still need the permission of their male guardians to get married under their interpretations of Islamic Law. They also need permission to travel and work.
Is it too presumptuous to say it's a step in the right direction?
Saudi brides will now get a copy of their marriage contracts, a privilege that was previously exclusive to men in the ultra-conservative kingdom, the kingdom’s justice ministry has announced. According to a directorate issued by the justice minister, Walid al-Samaani, clerics who register marriage contracts will now have to hand a copy to the bride “to ensure her awareness of her rights and the terms of the contract”.