Saudi Arabia to allow women drive

Saudi Arabia Women Driving

Scores of women in Saudi Arabia have long protested their inability to drive, with the issue being a symbol of the government's repression of female rights.

A photo provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on September 20 shows King Salman speaking at the Royal Palace in Jeddah. Saudi women remain largely under the whim of male relatives due to guardianship laws.

Saudi Arabia was the only country in the world where a woman could go to jail for driving, before the new policy.

This follows many years of work by activists in Saudi Arabia to draw global attention to the restrictions, including driving despite the ban as an act of civil disobedience.

The kingdom has been opening more areas for women through the government's modernising reforms, which have sparked tensions with influential clerics upon whose support the ruling family relies. The move comes after decades of campaigning from human rights groups. She was arrested at the time for taking part in the actions, and later wrote a book about her experience.

Saudi Arabia has announced it will now allow women to drive, reversing a longstanding rule.

Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

A ministerial committee has been formed to prepare for the order's implementation.

"The police will need to be trained to interact with women in a way they rarely do in a society where men and women who are not related rarely interact", the report noted.

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