Saudi Arabia Says It Will End Ban And Allow Women To Drive

Jenna Warner
September 28, 2017

In Saudi Arabia, only country where women are prohibited from driving, women have been responding to King Selman's protests for years. Many working Saudi women spend much of their salaries on drivers or must be driven to work by male relatives.

Saudi women were allowed to vote and run as candidates in the municipal elections for the first time in 2015.

The hashtag #SaudiWomenCanDrive quickly spread on Twitter as the decision was celebrated by women inside and outside the country alike.

In world, Saudi Arabia, only country where women are prohibited from driving, was not able to make a legal change due to fatigue of High Level Scholars Board as "Women are not allowed to drive".

Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump has congratulated Saudi Arabian women after King Salman issued an order allowing them to get behind the wheel.

In Saudi Arabia, no specific legislation bans women from accessing such services, however some government bodies require that the request be presented by a man.

"But these problems pale in comparison to the problems women face in Saudi Arabia". The Women's Council, newly established by Suudi administration, was founded at initiative of Prince Faisal bin Mishal, governor of Kassim province.

Women have long campaigned for the right to drive, even organizing a coordinated show of force by driving in the kingdom in defiance of a decades-old ban.

The government no longer requires a guardian's permission for women to work - the kingdom wants to boost women in the workforce as part of an ambitious reform programme announced past year - but activists say many employers still demand the permission before hiring. The implementation - God willing - will be from 10/10/1439 (Islamic date in June 2018) and in accordance with rules and regulations, and the completion of the necessary steps. However, Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Khalid bin Salman tells NPR's Michele Kelemen that women won't need that type of permission.

Neither Islamic law nor Saudi traffic law explicitly prohibited women from driving, but they were not issued licenses and were detained if they attempted to drive. But Nauert isn't commenting on whether Saudi Arabia still needs to do more to ensure full rights for its female citizens. In Saudi Arabia, if you write the wrong blog at the wrong time, like Raif Badawi did, he was sentenced to lashes.

Aziza Youssef told The Associated Press by phone from Riyadh that she was "really excited" about Tuesday's announcement, calling it a "good step forward for women's rights".

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