This is a major step in female empowerment
By The Weekly | September 28, 2017
Afters decades of prohibiting women from driving, Saudi Arabia has announced that it will end the longstanding policy, in a royal decree read live on state television and in a simultaneous media event in Washington.
“We are trying to increase women’s participation in the workforce,” said Prince Khaled bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US. he is also a son of the nation’s current king and a brother of the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. “In order to change women’s participation in the workforce we need them to be able to drive to work. We need them to move forward, we need them to improve our economy.”
The change will take effect in June 2018. Up till now, many working Saudi women spend much of their salary on drivers, or they have to rely on a male relative to drive them to work. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia follows a strict form of Wahhabi Islam that bans the mixing of sexes at public events and gives men power over their female relatives. However, Ambassador Salman has said that women will not have to get permission from their male guardians to take driving lessons.
This is a huge step for the women of Saudi Arabia!