Saudi Arabia introduces 'pink' women-only parking spaces it lifts driving ban
Saudi Arabia introduces 'pink' women-only parking spaces it lifts driving ban
In Saudi Arabia, women can finally drive
25 June, 2018, 03:50
Women across Saudi Arabiatook to the roads at midnight after the lifting of the world's last ban on female drivers, long seen as an emblem of women's repression in the deeply conservative kingdom.
Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal has shared a video of his daughter driving as women celebrate the lifting of a ban allowing them to drive for the first time.
King Salman ordered the ban to be lifted last September as part of reforms pushed by his son in what is a conservative Muslim kingdom.
Saudi Arabia eased into its first commuter day with women on the roads without a hitch on Sunday.
Among those arrested were Loujain Al-Hathloul, who was previously detained for 73 days in 2014 after trying to drive from the United Arab Emirates to Saudi Arabia and Aziza al-Yousef, 70, one of the country's earliest activists for the right to drive.
Another video showed a women driving slowly down a road. A woman's male guardian must give his approval before she can marry or travel. The country, it seems, still has a long way to go before women's rights equal those of men.
Michele Mouton, a former rally driver and president of the FIA's commission, said in a statement she hoped Ms Al-Hamad's example would help pave the way for more Saudi women to get involved.
May-June 2018: Saudi authorities arrest more than a dozen prominent women's rights activists, including many who were involved in women driving campaigns, accusing them of suspicious contacts with foreign enemies. The decision to allow women to drive has been seen as a landmark step that will put them nearly at par with men.
A handful of female driving schools have cropped up in several cities, training women to drive cars as well as Harley Davidson motorbikes - scenes that were unimaginable even a year ago.
Tomorrow, women will be allowed to drive, ending a ban that had stained the kingdom's reputation globally.
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Her husband, Mustafa Radwan, is encouraging her to drive and says he'd feel safer knowing that she and their two kids don't need to rely on ride-hailing services.
Some women simply prefer to wait and see how the situation on the streets pans out and how male drivers react before they jump in the driver's seat.
Others already own cars driven by chauffeurs and are in no rush to drive themselves. But the young people are motivated and we need at this time someone like Mohammed bin Salman - motivated, God bless him, and daring.
It also places women at the center of a tug-of-war between those agitating for more openings and a religious majority that remains wary of changes that could be influenced by the West. Nothing could stop them from getting their licenses, she said.
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