Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice represented by the Department of Lawyers, reported an astonishing 240% increase in the number of licenses granted to women lawyers in the past three years.
According to Saudi Press Agency, the number of women lawyers saw a sharp rise since the Ministry of Justice began offering licenses in 1434H.
In the past three years alone, the ministry issued 77.5% of the total number of licenses.
In the first year since the ministry began granting licenses to women, only 10 licenses were approved. However, this year saw 95 licenses granted to women so far.
In the past three years alone, the Saudi Ministry of Justice issued 77.5% of the total number of licenses. (Supplied)
Randa Hissain Arif, a licensed Saudi lawyer who trained recent graduates in a law office in Jeddah, said over the years she noticed an improvement in the level of professionalism of the trainees.
Saudi women “continuously prove their strength” in numerous fields and have an “ability to accomplish extraordinary goals,” she said.
According to Arif, there has also been a noticeable difference in the professional presence of women in the courts and law offices.
Arif, who regularly submits legal articles to a local newspaper, told Al Arabiya that a large number of Saudi women lawyers publish articles and books on law.
She added that Saudi women “are half of the society and undoubtedly play a major role” in prospering the country.