A Saudi Arabian football stadium will open its doors to women on Friday for the first time in the nation’s history.
Friday’s Saudi Professional League game between Al-Ahli and Al-Batin, two clubs from Saudi Arabia’s western port city of Jeddah, will be unlike any that have gone before it. The game marks the first time in Saudi Arabian history that women will be in attendance.
In a region renowned for ultra-conservative values, Saudi Arabia has been grabbing headlines recently for a string of relatively progressive law changes that include allowing women to drive. The latest development is being celebrated as another step forward in the battle for gender equality.
Dahlia T Rahimy, a human rights activist who grew up in Jeddah, is surprised at the speed at which her nation is progressing.