Saudi women sat in the driver’s seat on Saturday night after leaving the ban.
Women’s rights activists have had to fight for this day for about 30 years. The rights achieved in the three-decade of war will bring women’s economic liberation to the country’s founding women.
23-year-old Mazdulin al-Atiq has left his black color Lexus for the first time in the streets of the capital Riyadh. He was floating bamboo pleasure. He told Reuters, ‘It’s a strange feeling. I am very happy … now it can be driving at the moment itself looks very proud.
Until yesterday, restrictions on women driving in Saudi Arabia were in force for decades. But young Mohammed bin Salman took control over a number of reform programs to modernize his country as Prince. As part of this, in September of last year, the King ordered women to give a chance to drive. Then the right way to drive women is accessible.
Yesterday, at midnight, women were driving on the main road of Khobar in the eastern city of the driver’s seat. One of the women who got the driving license earlier, 47-year-old psychologist Samira al-Ghamdi, Jeddah He said, ‘We are ready. It will change our lives. ‘
Women who already have foreign licenses for driving, they started changing their country’s licenses earlier this month and got the license for their own country. So the number is still less. But many are already learning to drive in state-run training centers. It is expected that by 2020 the number of female drivers will be 30 lakhs.
But still many are facing the obstacle of conservative relatives. Many people used to drive with a personal driver. Because they think they can not drive on a busy highway.
Faisa Al-Samari, a 22-year-old female sales worker, said, “I do not want to drive. I want someone like a princess to open the car door. I will take it wherever I want. ‘
The country’s Interior Ministry said plans to recruit women traffic police. But not sure when it will be relaxed.
Many people will decide on the situation after the ban was withdrawn.
Due to this ban, Saudi families do not have to spend hundreds of dollars behind the paid driver. Women will be more active now. As a result, the productivity of the country will increase.
Auto companies are making dramatic advertising at the end of this ban. There are pink spaces for women in private garages.
Many Saudi people celebrate the issue in social media, but many have expressed concern about how it will affect its impact in the society. One wrote on Twitter that he does not want to drive his wife. “If he wants to drive, he can go to his father. And by Allah’s will, he could run the lorry. The decision on personal independence #c-ont-drive depends. ‘
The first road to women’s right to drive is on November 6, 1990. On that day more than 40 Saudi women broke the ban and took the car in public in Riyadh. But they were detained and imprisoned one day.
Then in September 2007, more than 1000 women approached King Abdullah for the right to drive. Wazea al-Huyidar posted a video of Youtube on his next year’s International Women’s Day. Women in the Middle East started the Arab Spring in the hope that women here. On 17 June 2011, a group of women rights activists started the campaign on Facebook, titled ‘WymnotDrive’. In the two weeks, at least 70 women were taken to the streets by car and many of them were arrested.