Women in Saudi Arabia can finally drive

by Garry Watts June 24, 2018, 16:28
Women in Saudi Arabia can finally drive

Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal has shared a video of his daughter driving as women celebrate the lifting of a ban allowing them to drive for the first time.

Starting June 24 at midnight local time (today at 10pm London time, 5pm NY time), women will finally be allowed to drive a vehicle on their own, capping a 30-year campaign to end the world's last ban on female drivers.

Starting at midnight local time, women will be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia when a controversial ban comes to an end.

She played a large role in the Women2Drive campaign.

The step will free many women from the constraints of needing to use public transportation or hire a male driver to travel even small distances, allowing many more to join the workforce.

They included women who fought for years to be able to dThe government has been keen to promote the end of the ban as a sign that women's rights are advancing after decades of worldwide criticism. rive. "Then I ask my husband about the specs so he takes a look at it to see what it's like and if it's durable", she said.

Cars raced by on the King Abdulaziz Road, a harrowing stretch of freeway that is also perhaps an argument for reevaluating the driving privileges of some of the men in Saudi Arabia.

Many haven't had a chance to take the gender-segregated driving courses that were first offered to women only three months ago.

Women in Saudi Arabia can take a victory lap on Sunday.

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It was only a few years ago that religious police- known for their long beards and shorter white robes- enforced an austere interpretation of Islam that banned music of any kind in public, much less the sound of a woman's voice on loudspeakers. "Women will be more empowered and more mobile and I think they will participate more in the job market over time, so I think it's going to contribute to employment of females in Saudi Arabia".

Women with licences from Gulf countries will be required to convert them to Saudi licences, according to the Kingdom's traffic department.

In preparation for the lifting of the ban, the government preemptively addressed concerns of sexual harassment - with a prison term of up to five years and a maximum penalty of 300,000 riyals ($80,000).

Authorities have said nine of 17 arrested people remain behind bars, accused of undermining security and aiding enemies of the state.

Among those arrested were Loujain Al-Hathloul, who was previously detained for 73 days in 2014 after trying to drive from the United Arab Emirates to Saudi Arabia and Aziza al-Yousef, 70, one of the country's earliest activists for the right to drive. "This is why they are still silencing, harassing and detaining women's rights activists". The move is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's wide-ranging drive to modernise the conservative society. "I was never but only a good citizen that loved my country and wished the best for it", she wrote. Earlier this year, Ford sponsored a driving experience specifically for women in the city of Jiddah.

Human rights groups say there has been an unprecedented crackdown on political dissent.

Since May, the Saudi government has detained about 12 activists who fought for a long list of reforms and civil rights.

Even some of the crown prince's ardent supporters have labelled the crackdown a "mistake".

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