In a historic first, the Saudi General Directorate of Passports will start recruiting women to work at airports and land border-crossing points across the kingdom and carry a military rank.

According to a media statement released by the General Directorate of Passports, interested applicants must be born and raised in Saudi Arabia and be between 25 and 35 years old. 

All female candidates must be medically qualified for military service and must commit to the specified shifts in any region or province which they may get assigned to.

Among other conditions, the General Directorate of Passports said that all applicants "must be holders of a high-school diploma or equivalent, and must agree to be interviewed according to the specified conditions."

The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 strategy, which aims to diversify the economy beyond oil, mandates increasing the percentage of Saudi women in the workforce by 2030.

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In recent years, Saudi Arabia has made significant progress in improving women's rights

Although Saudi Arabia is often criticized internationally for its treatment of women, in the past few years, significant progress has been made.

The kingdom has amended a number of laws in an effort to empower women. These include opening municipal elections to female candidates and making women's verbal consent to marriage mandatory. 

Laws governing travel documents and giving women their right to obtain a passport without male permission were also amended.

In September, Saudi Arabia's leadership also announced that women in the kingdom will finally be given their right to drive. The decision is expected to be fully implemented by June 2018.

The male guardianship system, however, is still seen as a hindrance to women's progress.

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