Carmakers Welcome Arrival of Saudi Women Behind the Wheel

Women to be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's historic decision to allow women to drive won plaudits internationally and inside the kingdom on Wednesday, as euphoria mixed with disbelief among activists who long fought the ban.

Saudi Arabia was the only country in the world to ban women driving.

The kingdom will issue driving licences to women from next June, in the most striking reform yet credited to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, despite the risk of a backlash from hardliners.

Saudi state TV said that the rollout of the changes would take until June 2018.

Women in Saudi Arabia are gaining some of their rights as they will soon be able to drive a auto.

The women driving ban may be the most emblematic representation of Saudi Arabia's ultra-conservatism, but it is certainly not the most repressive.

In the years since, female activists have kept at it, more recently uploading videos of themselves driving to YouTube to gain worldwide attention, and suffering insults, jail time and even the threat of punishment by lashing. Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, who has repeatedly opposed women working and driving and said letting them into politics may mean "opening the door to evil", has yet to comment.


Buti said that's not the case in neighboring Saudi Arabia. Yet despite this high level of education, more than a third of women remain unemployed.

A middle- to upper-class Saudi family typically has two vehicles, one driven by the man of the house and a second auto in which a full-time chauffeur transports his wife and children. Women already dominate men in numbers at universities.

We take into consideration (or we study) the pros of allowing women to drive and the cons of banning them from driving, while taking into account the necessary legal rules and adhering to them.

Indeed, the past few months have seen Saudi Arabia make incremental steps toward women's rights by allowing them to participate in functions considered mundane, if not a nuisance, in many other countries.

According to the clerics, the majority of Council members saw no problem with women driving as long as there were guarantees and laws to maintain the respect and dignity of women, Efe reported.

The decision has sparked euphoria and disbelief among activists in the kingdom, which was the only country in the world to still ban women from driving. The US-raised Saudi citizen worked with various ministries in Riyadh before returning to the States in 2017.

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