Euromed Feminist Initiative congratulates the brave activists in Saudi Arabia who fought hard for the right to drive. The ban on women’s driving was one of the biggest obstacles that Saudi women faced in their daily lives. Hopefully this step will pave the way towards ending the Saudi male guardianship.
On 26th of September, king Salman bin Abdul Aziz issued a royal decree allowing Saudi women to drive and obtain driving licenses in the only country in the world where women weren’t allowed to drive. According to the official Saudi Press Agency, king Salman has ordered to form a committee in order to provide its recommendations and study the necessary procedures to implement the royal decree, which is slated to come into effect in June 2018.
Saudi women activists have launched multiple campaigns over the past twenty years to demand their right to drive, and some of them have been arrested and detained for challenging the ban on driving.
Although Saudi Arabia still has limited rights for women that need to be addressed and solved, but lifting the ban on women’s driving is a very positive step towards women empowerment and gender equality.