Saudi Arabia gives women the right to drive in new order

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The king weighed the negative and positive points of the ban on women driving, the official Saudi Press Agency wrote, while also making sure that any new law was in compliance with Islamic law.

Women have been granted the right to drive in Saudi Arabia, following an announcement by King Salman which overturned decades of policy that highlighted the oppression of women by the country's ultraconservative rulers.

For the longest time, women had to be driven around or to work by their male counterparts (or relatives), whom they spent much of their salaries on.

Saudi women were allowed to vote and run as candidates in the municipal elections for the first time in 2015.

Women will be allowed to take the wheel in nine months, a timeframe necessary for the country, where a strict separation of genders is in place, to comply with the necessary bureaucratic and administrative issue and organize driving courses.

This caller suggested that men in Britain have fewer rights than women in Saudi Arabia, so Maajid Nawaz gave him a few cold, hard facts.

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Another prominent voice was billionaire businessman Prince Alwaleed, who in the past had spoken out in support of allowing women to drive.

Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund said on September 20, it plans to set up a company that would invest in the entertainment sector. The Women's Council, newly established by Suudi administration, was founded at initiative of Prince Faisal bin Mishal, governor of Kassim province.

The announcement follows a gender-mixed celebration of Saudi National Day over the weekend, the first of its kind, which aimed to spotlight the kingdom's reform push, analysts said, despite a backlash from religious conservatives. Never mind driving a vehicle, which is coming, no doubt...

The driving ban has been a topic of heated debate, with conservative citizens arguing that the Islamic prohibition against men and women mingling in public included women drivers. "We also need to see a whole range of discriminatory laws and practices swept away in Saudi Arabia including the guardianship system where every woman has a male guardian, be it their father, brother, husband or son, having authority to make decisions on her behalf", Luther said. "It's a great step in the right direction for that country", the State Department Spokesperson, Heather Nauert, told reporters at her news.

The royal decree, signed by King Salman, said traffic laws would be amended, including to allow the government to issue driver's licenses "to men and women alike". But it won't take effect until June 2018.

Female drivers in Saudi Arabia, which have always been arguing and protesting, are on agenda again.

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