Published: Wed, September 27, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Saudi Arabia Agrees to Let Women Drive

Saudi Arabia Agrees to Let Women Drive

The United States has welcomed Saudi Arabia's announcement that women will be allowed to drive for the first time.

Saudi women's rights activists have been pushing for the right to drive for decades, saying it represents their larger struggle for equal rights under the law.

"The royal decree will implement the provisions of traffic regulations, including the issuance of driving licences for men and women alike", the report said.

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She also showcased the demonetisation drive and introduction of goods and services tax (GST) as successes of the Modis government. On September 26, he will cover towns such as Dhrol and Tankara by road before reaching Rajkot.

"Low oil prices have limited the government jobs that many Saudis have long relied on, and the kingdom is trying to push more citizens into gainful employment, including women".

In June 2011, about 40 women got behind the wheel and drove in several cities in a protest sparked when Manal Sharif, one of the founders of the movement, was arrested and detained for 24 hours after posting a video of herself driving. She now lives in Australia.

Saudi King Salman has ordered that women be allowed to drive cars, state media said, ending the conservative Islamic kingdom's status as the only country where that is forbidden. However, the date of the implementation of the decree is yet to be announced, and it is still not clear when the new drivers licenses would be available to Saudi women, who continue to face the yoke of a patriarchal society.

The new rule will not take effect immediately.

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