Newsbrief: Saudi Arabia allows women to drive

by Colin Doherty
edited by Trent Dunn

Saudi Arabia announced that women would now be allowed to drive, ending a longstanding policy and a worldwide symbol of the oppression of women, according to The New York Times.

(Photo: New York Times)

Saudi Arabian leaders hope that this new policy will help improve the country’s reputation of bad treatment towards women and also help with their public relations problems. Saudi Arabia is home to one of Islams holiest cities. Officials have offered numerous explanations to why it was inappropriate for women to drive, according to Shariah law. One cleric even argued that letting women drive would damage their ovaries.

“It is amazing,” said Fawziah al-Bakr, a Saudi university professor who lost her job in 1990 protesting the ban. “Since that day, Saudi women have been asking for the right to drive, and finally it arrived, we have been waiting for a very long time.”

This change will be set into motion in June of 2018.

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