Saudi Women Fight For Right To Drive

June 26, 2012

Saudi Women Fight For Right To Drive

Equality for women campaigner in Saudi, Manal al-Shariff, has written and published an open letter to the Saudi head of state stating her expectations to permit females in Saudi Arabia to drive. Her crusade has taken place over the last 12 months throughout Saudi.

She is asking The King of Saudi Arabia for women with a foreign licence to be able to drive a car in the Middle Eastern country. She recently posted videos on the web of herself driving in the Saudi Arabia city of Khobar.

Manal composed her letter on the first anniversary of the campaign “Women to Drive”. The correspondence comes within 24 hours of thousands of Saudi women who signed a petition to support female drivers to mark the first anniversary of the beginning of the Women to Drive campaign, which lead to Mrs Sharif’s public arrest.

King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz began his rule in 2005 & he has done a lot to improve womens rights. Mrs Sharif said that stopping Saudi women from driving was more to do with Saudi traditions and not religious beliefs.

In the last 12 months the king allowed women in the country the right to vote and the right to vote in national elections. The campaign continues and females in Saudi Arabia will keep on looking for equality not only in being allowed to drive.

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