Yesterday about 20 women defied the clerics and the fatwas and got behind the wheel. Saudi Arabia is the only country that bans women from driving. There is no actual law in Saudi that mandates this. Instead it is the edict of the mullahs that has held the government hostage in enforcing this.

In the kingdom, women have little choice about their lives. They must wear an abaya and they cannot go anywhere on their own accord. They must get permission from their male guardian — usually a husband or a father — in order to travel or obtain work.

Women with means employ drivers. Those who can’t afford one simply must wait for when, and if, their male relatives has time to drive them around. In 1990, a group of women flouted this ban but were quickly arrested, booted from their jobs and defamed as “harlots” and the like for years afterward.

I only saw mention on Twitter of one woman saying she was detailed in yesterday’s drive, which seemed positive. But today I see that the Twitter account of  @LailaSindi comes back as “This user does not exist.” I certainly hope that’s a technical glitch.

In the meantime, please look at the joy on this woman’s face as she’s driving as part of the #Women2Drive campaign.

 

4 thoughts on “Driving While Female

  1. More, please more. Anyone supporting the “Arab Spring” should do so only if one of the main platform issues is gender equality. (And it is also a great reason to blow the Taliban, or anyone else who treats girls as inferior, to kingdom come.)

    Besides, I always like it when the woman drives!

    Peace be to us all.

  2. I don’t know. As much as I disagree with the Saudi government on many issues, banning female drivers strikes me as a sensible policy platform, one that I may adopt when I resurrect “The Rent is 2 Damn High” Party. Even if you don’t agree with the self-evident truth that women are worse drivers (despite the fact that they get into substantially fewer accidents), banning them from the roads would halve the traffic in any large city, turning gridlock into speedy commutes. No more backups at the GW Bridge!

      1. Like any good husband, I do not allow my wife to have any of her own beliefs but instead compel her to support whatever nonsense I spout.

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