Saudi Arabia announces plan to allow female drivers by summer 2018

Saudi Arabia announces plan to allow female drivers by summer 2018

Saudi Arabia announces plan to allow female drivers by summer 2018

Still, lifting the driving ban on women could help the country's global reputation.

Salman says women won't need permission legally from a male guardian to get a driver's license and won't need a guardian in the vehicle with them to drive.

Others argued that allowing women to drive would lead to promiscuity and the collapse of the Saudi family.

The decree said that women would be allowed to drive "in accordance with the Islamic laws".

Manal al-Sharif, a Saudi women's rights advocate who filmed herself driving in 2011 and posted the footage to YouTube to protest the law, celebrated the announcement on Tuesday.

Men and women danced in the streets to drums and thumping electronic music, in scenes that are a stunning anomaly in a country known for its tight gender segregation and an austere vision of Islam.

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"Today was a historic day for women in Saudi Arabia as a decree was announced to lift the ban on women drivers".

Women in Saudi Arabia have long had to rely on male relatives to get to work or run errands, complicating government efforts to boost household incomes as lower oil prices force austerity measures. The Women's Council, newly established by Suudi administration, was founded at initiative of Prince Faisal bin Mishal, governor of Kassim province.

The headline on the state-linked Arabic newspaper Okaz noted that "In the era of King Salman, women can drive". The scholars see no reason not to allow women to drive as long as there are legal and regulatory guarantees to avoid the pretexts (that those against women driving had in mind), even if they are unlikely to happen. Some videos showed families and male drivers giving women a "thumbs-ups", suggesting many were ready for the change.

"Preventing a woman from driving a vehicle is today an issue of rights similar to the one that forbade her from receiving an education or having an independent identity", Alwaleed said. However, this is about to change effective June 2018. Activist Loujain al-Hathloul was arrested in 2014 for driving into Saudi Arabia from United Arab Emirates. In a separate statement, the government said many senior religious leaders found no, quote, "impediment" in letting women drive.

Under the current system in Saudi Arabia, an ultra-conservative kingdom, all woman needed permission from their legal guardian to get a driver's license and they had to be accompanied by their guardian in the vehicle while they were driving.

Women's rights activists since the 1990s have been pushing for the right to drive, saying it represents their larger struggle for equal rights under the law.

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