For years, social freedoms in Saudi Arabia were criticized by the whole world, especially the freedoms of Saudi women who were not allowed to drive or attend football matches.
But now the situation has changed completely.
On January 23, 2015, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud died and his half-brother Salman became the new Saudi King. In June 2017, King Salman appointed his son Mohammad as Crown Prince.
Since then, Saudi Arabia witnessed a huge leap regarding its freedoms case, as Mohammed bin Salman has led several reforms, which include regulations restricting the powers of the religious police and the removal of the ban on female drivers.
Also under bin Salman's reign first Saudi public concerts by a female singer was held and the Saudi women were allowed to attend football matches in stadiums.
According to Reuters, bin Salman suggested that women did not need to wear headdresses or the black abaya, the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of Islamic piety, as long as their attire was “decent and respectful”.
On June 24, Saudi women will be able to legally drive for the first time.
Although Saudi team lost its first two games in 2018 FIFA World Cup, losing to the host Russia 5-0 and Uruguay 1-0, Saudi women who attended the tournament said they still had lots to celebrate after a ban on them attending matches at home was lifted earlier this year.
“As a teenager and a kid, I used to be a huge football fan. It was one of my dreams to attend a game in a stadium. For my kids, my daughters to have the opportunity to do that, it’s amazing”, said a 35-year-old Saudi woman at the World Cup.
On the other hand, Iranian women do not enjoy such freedom in their country as they suffer from discrimination and injustice.
"Iranian women face discrimination in personal status matters related to marriage, divorce, inheritance, and child custody. A woman needs her male guardian’s approval for marriage regardless of her age and cannot pass on her nationality to her foreign-born spouse or their children. Married women may not obtain a passport or travel outside the country without the written permission of their husbands", Human Rights Watch reported.
Iranian women also are not allowed to attend sporting events, as it is considered to be a crime.
In 2014, An Iranian-British woman was jailed for trying to attend a men’s volleyball game in Iran. She was later released on a £20,000 bail after spending five months in Tehran’s Evin prison.
During 2018 World Cup, Iranian women, who did something they never have been able to do in their own country by attending a football game in a stadium, called on Iranian government to let them attend football games in their home country.
Banners were held up during Iran's first game against Morocco slammed the ban on women attending football matches.
According to one of Iranian woman fan who spoke to the Telegraph, of 30,000 Iranian fans who traveled to Russia to attend the World Cup, 10,000 of them are women.
Observers said that the Saudi reforms regarding women freedoms are considered to be revolutionary as the Saudi government took proper actions to lift restrictions on Saudi women and giving them their rights.
They added that the Iranian regime still dealing with women as they are not equal to men, depriving them from their rights which will lead them to launch their uprising against the regime.