Saudi women allowed into stadium for first time

Saudi Arabian women have been allowed to attend a football match in Jeddah as part of reforms being made by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

This step was made as part of an initiative to integrate women into society, in efforts to reduce strict gender segregation.

The Saudi government also announced plans to allow women to attend further matches on Saturday and Thursday.

The women were still segregated into a family section, separated from the male-only section.

Jeddah also hosted the first car exhibition for women, following on from a decree from King Salman that will allow women to drive in June.

The crown prince, who is the favourite of King Salman to inherit the throne, pledged to modernise the country last year and is using his considerable power to make social changes.

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