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Should Saudi Women Be Able to Drive?

Sometimes I wonder if I truly understand how much I take for granted. While scanning BBC's Latest Headlines, I saw an article about a 3-minute Saudi women video protest that featured a woman driving because in Saudi Arabia it's illegal for women to drive. According to the article, many conservatives continue to resist reform, arguing it would lead to mingling of the sexes which is banned under Saudi Arabia's strict interpretation of Islamic Law.

I honor these brave women who are willing to take such a huge risk and protest. The BBC asks the following 2 questions:

Do you think women in Saudi Arabia should be allowed to drive? YES!

What do you think of this video protest? I don't understand Arabic so I can't really comment on the content, but I love the spirit of it.

To read this article or share your own thoughts: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7159077.stm

To watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54pRJkJ6B6E or search YES2WomenDriving

Comments

Corine Milano's picture

Thanks for this, Jennifer.

Thanks for this, Jennifer. I've been following this story as it's been evolving and it's great to see video like this.

Corine Milano, Assistant Editor

--"We will surely get to our destination if we join hands."
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share the voices's picture

Thank you.

I knew there are lots of restriction in Arabic country and understand it comes from their long period of religious history or cultural difference (at least hope it will be changed gradually towards international common rules). But, it is very new that women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive and some of comments below the article makes me really mad. It is just ironic. I have met lots of Saudi guys (or guys from Middle East) and love them as good friends of mine. However, whenever the sexual discrimination or any issues from inequality of sexes in their countries evolve, all they say is "it's just the way it is where I from and nobody wants to change it. If someone wants to change, they'd rather choose to move out of country."

Well, aside from what most of them are doing in the states -which are very not allowed in their countries due to Islamic law- and aside from their great spirit (I truly respect their spirits as you said) the entire movement that is totally against equality of sexes in their country should be more discussed in the international society as far as I think.

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