Saudi Arabia lifts ban on women drivers

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on women drivers

However, the Saudi ambassador to the United States reportedly said that Saudi women with a driver's licence from any of the GCC states would be allowed to drive immediately in the country.

The news sounds nearly comical for readers in the West, where women have driven since Henry Ford invented the Model T. Not so in Saudi Arabia, where the.

The Islamic clerics said that King Salman bin Abdulaziz made the right and proper decision based on the interest of the citizens.

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

Champions of the women's rights movement have a new reason to celebrate.

However, this historic leap for the kingdom is only the start of a much larger transformation Saudi politicians must undertake in order to fully empower women within their borders.

Halthloul and another female activist, Maysaa al-Amoudi, who was also detained, have been credited with successfully campaigning against the driving ban.

"The move to allow women to drive is set to benefit the entire market", LMC analyst David Oakley said.

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Lifting the driving ban is part of a broader reform underway in Saudi Arabia led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Guardianship is just one of the many human-rights abuses, of women and men, domestic and foreign, that are rampant in Saudi Arabia. It was unclear whether women would require their guardian's permission to apply for driving licences.

Online videos showed a handful of women driving cars overnight, after King Salman's decree was announced late on Tuesday.

"My vehicle is still there, the one I drove".

Men and women danced in the streets to drums and electronic music, in scenes that were a stunning novelty in a country. This means every country in the world now allows women the right to drive. The ban holds women back from jobs, leaves them dependent on male relatives or drivers.

The decree added that the majority of the Council of Senior Scholars - the kingdom's top clerical body, whose members are appointed by the king - had agreed that the government could allow women to drive if done in accordance with syariah law.

In a royal decree, the monarch directed minister of interior to constitute a high-level ministerial committee to carry out studies about the necessary arrangements to implement the royal decree.

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. Ms. Al-Sharif, for example, is a cybersecurity expert who once worked at the state-owned Saudi Aramco before she became fed up and moved to Australia.

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