Saudi king lets women drive

Women to be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia

"The fact that women are now getting the opportunity to drive legally, something we take for granted in the USA and really in any modern country, is a major step towards allowing for more rights for women, civil rights for women", Stur said.

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.

King Salman issued a royal decree, through which he allows women to obtain a driving license without having to obtain permission from her legal guardian.

The women driving ban may be the most emblematic representation of Saudi Arabia's ultra-conservatism, but it is certainly not the most repressive.

Until two days ago, Saudi Arabia was the only country in the world that banned women from driving without their father or husband in the auto or apply for a license without the legal permission of her guardian.

With more than half the country aged under 25, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the architect of the reforms, is seen as catering to the aspirations of youths.

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Dr. Madawi al-Rasheed, a Saudi academic, congratulated the women activists in a tweet and wished for "political and civil rights and an elected government" to follow.

The decision is also in line with the Saudi king's vision of Saudi Arabia 2030 or the National Transformation Program. It was unclear whether women would require their guardian's permission to apply for driving licences.

- David Burge (@iowahawkblog) September 26, 2017Breaking: Saudi Arabia to join the 20th century in June of next year.

A middle- to upper-class Saudi family typically has two vehicles, one driven by the man of the house and a second auto in which a full-time chauffeur transports his wife and children. The Times also points out that policemen will have to learn how to interact to with female drivers in a country where men and women rarely interact with non-family members. And we were privileged women who had money and cars for drivers.

Amnesty International welcomed the decree as "long overdue" but said there was still a range of discriminatory laws and practices that needed to be overturned. After driving around the Saudi capital, Riyadh, the women were arrested, and some lost their jobs. But by lifting the driving ban, the regime has crossed a big threshold, both in the eyes of many Saudis and the world.

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