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It is never too late: Women in Saudia allowed to drive!


Saudi King Salman Bin Abdel Aziz issued a royal decree yesterday allowing women to drive for the first time inside the Kingdom. According to the decree, traffic system provisos, including issuance of driving licenses, shall apply to both males and females. It said, “the majority of the Council of Senior Religious Scholars had approved the permissibility of women’s driving,” noting that this should apply and adhere to the necessary Sharia standards and laws”. Accordingly, a ministerial body will be formed from the interior, finance, labor and social development ministries to study the required arrangements within 30 days in preparation for the implementation of the order by June 2018. The decision was widely received in the Kingdom and the world, particularly in the US which considered it an extremely progressive achievement. US State Department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert said it is an important step in the right direction. To note, Saudi women have launched campaigns over the years to reclaim their rights to drive, and some have been jailed for challenging the ban on driving. (Al Mustaqbal, September 27, 2017)

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