In Saudi Arabia, female students are prohibited from wearing the abaya during examinations.
Saudi Education and Training Evaluation Commission (ETEC) and the Ministry of Education have announced that female students must comply with school uniform regulations during examination periods and adhere to “decency regulations” regarding clothing.
In 2018, the Saudi Arabian government announced that the abaya would no longer be enforced legally for women in the country.
“The laws of Sharia stipulate that women should dress modestly and respectfully, just as men do.”Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Bin Salman
It should be noted that this does not specifically mention a black abaya or black head covering. According to him, it is entirely up to each woman to decide what clothing is appropriate.
Nevertheless, most women in the country continue to wear abayas.
As part of the nation’s 2030 vision, Riyadh has announced this latest development as part of a series of “reforms” that promote women as an important part of the Kingdom’s future.
It is Saudi officials’ vision that the Kingdom will develop its citizens’ talents, invest their energies, and provide them with the opportunity to build a bright future for themselves, contributing to the nation’s development.
It has been reported that more Saudi women have been appointed to top jobs over the past few years, that women have been permitted to use government services without a male guardian’s consent, that licenses for women’s gyms have been granted, and that women have been able to obtain driving licenses.