By Innovation-sa on February 18, 2018 in News

The Ministry of Commerce and Investment assured on Thursday that Saudi women can start their own business without the permission of a male guardian.

The legal procedures to set up a business will be the same for both Saudi men and women. Women will no longer face any additional formalities at the government agencies like the requirement to submit consent of a guardian before setting up their own business.

Moreover, women no longer need to visit a lawyer to document the founding of the company. The procedures can be done electronically through the Abshir system.

The #No_Need campaign, launched by Taysir, is gaining publicity and aims to streamline the formalities to set up a new business for Saudi women.

Abdul Rahman Al-Hussein, the official spokesperson of the ministry, tweeted using the hashtag #No_Need in Arabic, “No need for a guardian’s permission. Saudi women are free to start their own business freely”.

Nojood Al-Qassim, head of the Department of Personal Status, Family Legacies and Women’s and Children’s Rights, believes that this decision to empower women is in line with the directives of Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which aims to activate the role of women in society and to give them full rights and the rights guaranteed by the shariah.