Women may be able to drive soon in Saudi Arabia

Good news: according to the Associated Press the Saudi ban on woman drivers may be eroding. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that bans all women from driving; those who cannot afford a Chauffeur must rely on male relatives to drive them to work, shopping, et cetera.

According to the article:

Supporters of ending the ban on female drivers point out that the prohibition exists neither in law nor in Islam. There is no written Saudi law banning women from driving, only fatwas, or edicts by senior clerics that are enforced by police. No major Islamic clerics outside the country call for such a ban.

Conservatives say women at the wheel create situations for sinful temptation. They argue that women drivers will be free to leave home alone, will unduly expose their eyes while driving and will interact with male strangers, such as traffic police and mechanics.

The article details some indications that the prohibition is losing support. It is typically enforced by the group with the most Orwellian name ever: the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (a.k.a. religious police).

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5 comments so far

  1. sulochanosho on

    Enough of holy sermons and prisons. Our women need to be driven out, when our men are doing it. Once we touch the core of our own senses, no rule, no religion there we need as clutches. If a man or woman is to ruin, they are bound to ruin with or withour religions. Outer fear can control to only a limited extent. May there be true love and brotherhood. With all respect to all sacred scriptures there.

  2. Nate on

    You started your blog! Most excellent. I have already subscribed to the RSS Feed. I will have to start one now, for sure.

    It’s good to hear that women may start having this privilege in Saudi Arabia!

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