Saudi Arabia licenses its first women lawyers to practise in the kingdom

The Muslim Issue

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation – Mon, 7 Oct 2013 07:59 AM

Author: Lisa Anderson

A woman looks at a book during the Riyadh Book Fair on March 9, 2013. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nassar

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Justice on Sunday licensed the first four women attorneys in the kingdom to practice law, according to local media and a report in the Sydney Morning Herald.

With the licenses, the women can represent clients in court and open law firms in their own names. Prior to this, female law graduates were considered “legal consultants” and could not practise or represent clients on their own.

Female law graduates, frustrated with the lack of opportunity to practise law, launched a social media campaign last year called “I am a female lawyer” to pressure authorities and bring attention to the issue.

In April, in another sign of progress, Arwa…

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