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Female Shoura Council member hails Saudi measure criminalizing sexual harassment

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Saudi Shoura council member Lina Al-Maeena hailed a measure criminalizing sexual harassment approved weeks before a decades-old ban on women driving is set to be lifted.

In an interview with Al Arabiya, Al-Maeena said the step is part of exerted efforts to keep up with the social changes which are in line with the kingdom’s Vision 2030.

“The Shoura Council has approved a measure on Tuesday criminalizing sexual harassment in the Kingdom in right before of a royal decree allowing women to drive goes into effect next month”

Al-Maeena described the timing of great significance, to protect women in Saudi Arabia who are yet to start driving, and are expected to play a bigger role in the workforce as part of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030.

“Thankfully, the law has finally seen the light.”

“The new law is inclusive of harassment cybercrimes as well, which will fall under the general definition of harassment, as any physical and verbal gestures in this regard.”

“The law aims to safeguard the individual’s privacy, dignity and personal freedom which are guaranteed by Islamic law and regulation.”