The Ministry of Health will determine which transgender patients are eligible for gender reassignment surgery GRS , said a recent ministry circular. Decisions will be made according to the recommendations of a specialized medical team after referral to both the health and justice ministers if there are family disputes over the matter. A committee comprising members of the health sector, the Saudi Jurisprudence Society and the Health and Justice Ministries was recently formed to study the issue of such surgeries at any age. Authorities such as the Health Ministry and Council of Health Services must be notified in these cases. In addition, a national registry will be established through the introduction of a single official form and health practitioners dealing with these patients in both the private and public health sectors should be notified of pending surgeries.
Saudi Arabia: Investigate Transgender Woman’s Death
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Noof is 32 and has thick brown hair, caramel skin, and merry, almond-shaped eyes. The apartment she shares with her husband, Sami, and their two small sons takes up one floor of a three-story building in a crowded neighborhood of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Two years ago, the first time I met her, she was a manager in a food-processing factory, overseeing a dozen workers in an experimental all-female wing that was part of a nationwide campaign to draw Saudi women into paying jobs. Now, in the lighting assembly plant that had just poached her away, Noof was in charge of ten times that many.
How Saudi’s ‘new direction’ is changing life for women like me
As Saudi Arabia allows women to travel without a man's consent, Lulwa Shalhoub, a resident of Jeddah, explains how the move will affect her life. No need for a man's approval to travel, another step forward for women's rights in Saudi Arabia. Next time I travel abroad, I will not have to worry about the travel permission being updated in the Saudi Passport Directorate's records or at the Saudi borders.
Riyadh: Tired of playing second fiddle to men in Saudi Arabia, five women decided that if you can't beat them, join them. Al Watan newspaper said the five women underwent sex change surgery abroad over the past 12 months after they developed a "psychological complex" due to male domination. Women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive or even go to public places unaccompanied by a male relative. The newspaper quoted a senior cleric as saying the authorities have to fill what he described as a legal vacuum by issuing laws against sex change operations. An interior ministry official told Al Watan such cases are examined by religious authorities, and sometimes by psychologists, but those who undergo sex change operations are never arrested.