Driving is something that I feel we take for granted in America. So many of us don’t think of it as a privilege but in fact it is. Right now, Saudi Arabia is the only country left in the world where women aren’t allowed to drive.
Thankfully, the Saudi government established a decree that is said to go into effect before June 24, 2018. The decree states that Saudi women will officially be given the right to drive at their own will. Prince Khaled bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S., made this known in a news conference saying, “this is a historic big day in our kingdom.”
It’s crazy to think that women are just now being permitted to drive. The right to drive is something that I feel many take for granted. “Women2Drive” is a women’s rights campaign uses social media to let their voices be heard. Their mission is to end the driving ban. In fact, they had women in Saudi Arabia apply for their licenses. When denied, they filed a lawsuit.
Manal al-Sharif, one of the founders of Women2Drive, took to Twitter to express her happiness by posting a photo of herself behind the wheel. https://twitter.com/manal_alsharif/status/912804416549351424
This is a giant step for Saudi women, but there is still a lot of progress to be made for the rights of these women. Some women still are not allowed to make decisions by themselves. In most cases, Saudi women are still forced to obey everything they are told to do by any male relative.
As women, we need to spread awareness and help the Saudi women any way we can. Most people may have not even known about the driving restriction in Saudi Arabia. Because of this, we should take this as a lesson to not take anything for granted.