Published: Fri, September 29, 2017
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

Driving Saudi Society Forward

Driving Saudi Society Forward

The ruling will not go into effect until June, 2018.

Buti said this change will not only help the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but believes the economy will also see a positive change.

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To all the men making jokes about women driving, I remind you: Saudi has one of the highest vehicle accident rates, and only men drive.

Just six years ago, one woman in Saudi Arabia was sentenced to 10 lashes for violating the ban. "Today, we have a young and vibrant society and the time had come to make this move".

Saudi Arabia, home to Islam's holiest sites, is an absolute monarchy ruled according to syariah law.

A muted response from Saudi's powerful clergy, which has long backed the ban, suggested power shared between the Al Saud dynasty and the Wahhabi religious establishment could be shifting decisively in favour of the royals. The country's conservative clerics had denied women this simple right claiming various nonsensical issues that they thought would happen if women drove, including one that claimed driving was bad for women's ovaries.

The decision won near universal praise in Washington.

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It's impossible to overstate the importance of mobility to freedom in any country, but particularly Saudi Arabia, which influences the entire Muslim world.

It is expected to boost the fortunes of 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has ascended to the heights of power in the kingdom in three short years with an ambitious domestic reform programme and assertive foreign policy.

Increasing numbers of women are working in a growing number of professions, and in 2015, women were allowed to vote and to run for seats on the kingdom's local councils. But by lifting the driving ban, the regime has crossed a big threshold, both in the eyes of many Saudis and the world.

Other Twitter users pointed out that Saudi women are still under the male guardianship system, which among other things, prevents them from travelling without permission of the men in their family.

Even in western countries where women are granted significantly greater legal, social and economic power, it can not be said that full gender equality has been achieved.

The announcement comes after a years-long resistance from women's rights activists, some of whom were jailed for defying the ban on female driving.

Therefore; adopt the application of the Traffic Regulations and its executive list - which include issuing driving licences to men and women alike, and forming a high-level committee of ministries (including the Interior Ministry, Finance Ministry, Ministry of Labour and Social Development) to study the necessary steps needed to implement the regulations.

The visit follows Somalia's reiteration of its neutral stands last week in the Gulf crisis that saw Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, cut diplomatic relations with Qatar in June.

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