Saudi Arabia: women can finally drive without being arrested and jailed! – Tola Adenle

September 26, 2017

The Middle East, Women

Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s most conservative countries, has finally said ‘yes’ to women driving in the Kingdom. It was broadcast on state television and announced at a press conference in Washington, D.C. simultaneously. Women driving is now deemed legitimate under Islamic Sharia Law.

The law take effect in June 2018.

The new law will bring Saudi Arabia into the modern age in line with other countries of the world including other conservative Islamic countries in in the Persian Gulf countries which have long allowed women the right to drive. It is also in line with reforms that the new Crown Prince, son of the present King, promised with his unexpected and sudden elevation to the first in line to the Kingdom’s throne recently.

It’s definitely a giant step for women of the Kingdom some of whom, in true tradition of women pioneers in fighting for such rights as voting rights in the West, have defied the ban, violations that led to their arrests and jail.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017. 8:23 P.M. [GMT]


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