Women in Saudi Arabia have been granted the right to drive.
Let’s repeat that – women in Saudi Arabia have been granted the right to drive.
King Salman issued a royal decree today, saying that drivers licenses should be issued to women who want them, thereby granting a major victory to women in the Kingdom and around the world who have been protesting and working for years to overturn this hallmark of Saudi gender-based laws. Saudi Arabia was the only country in the world that banned women from driving. In all likelihood, this royal decree should end up having a huge economic impact on the country and on women’s ability to work.
Like many, I’m very much interested to see how this decree on driving plays out in the coming months (it is to be implemented by June of 2018) and more so how it is received by Saudi’s patriarchy-dominated society.