Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on women driving

The King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has issued a decree allowing women to drive, according to state media.
Saudi officials and clerics have provided numerous explanations for the ban in recent years. Some clerics have said that it was inappropriate in Saudi culture to drive, while others have said that male drivers would not know how to handle driving with women in the cars next to them. A number conservative clerics have argued that allowing women to drive would corrupt the wider Saudi society and lead to sin.

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on women driving
Saudi Arabia lifts ban on women driving

Since the 1990s, women's rights activists in the kingdom have been pushing for the right to drive, saying that it represents their larger struggle for equal rights under the law. A number of women have been arrested for defying the ban.
The move to let women drive may face some opposition in the country, with Saudi authorities facing a social media backlash earlier this month after women were allowed into the country's national stadium for the first time as part of celebrations launched to mark the 87th anniversary of Saudi Arabia's founding.

But many have welcomed the development as an important step. Manal al-Sharif, an activist and an organizer of the Women2Drive campaign who has also been imprisoned for driving, said on Twitter that Saudi Arabia would “never be the same again”.

Posted By Raela Hafizi

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