Repeal of women driving ban tests Saudi reform drive

Women to be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia

Possible opportunities from Saudi Arabia lifting the women driving ban

Carmakers joined governments in welcoming the order by Saudi Arabia's King Salman that new rules allowing women to drive be drawn up within 30 days and implemented by June 2018, removing a stain on the country's global image.

Till 26th of this month, Saudi Arabia was the only country in the world where women could not drive; women driving was considered breaking the law.

NORTHAM: This television anchor broke the news, saying, this is a day women in Saudi Arabia have been waiting for a really long time, King Salman's royal decree that any woman who wants one could get a driver's license. She believes this new law, that will take effect June 2018, is empowering for all women, including in our state.

Indeed, after years of fervent internal activism, Saudi women can finally obtain a vehicular license - all without the permission of a legal guardian or parent and without a male guardian in the vehicle with them.

Riyadh's decision to overturn a ban on women driving in the kingdom spurs euphoria and sarcasm on social media.

This is also a victory for the many activist groups who have been fighting for women's rights in the country for years, even protesting by taking the wheel and being arrested for it. The granting to women of the long-deserved right to drive must not be used to gain unearned goodwill, especially by Canada, which is already on the hook for selling the regime armoured vehicles that seem to have been used against its own citizens. Yet despite this high level of education, more than a third of women remain unemployed.

While Saudi Arabia is moving in the right direction with this progressive reform, the fight for women's rights is far from over - not just in Saudi Arabia or the Middle East, but also across the globe.

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

This decision was adopted due to Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is now attempting a profound transformation of the Saudi economy and society. Many working Saudi women spend much of their salaries on drivers or must be driven to work by male relatives. This means every country in the world now allows women the right to drive.

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.

Sept 23: Women were allowed to enter the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh for the first time when Saudi Arabia celebrated the 87 anniversary of its foundation with concerts, including a pageant operetta.

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