From June 24 The Saudis Women Are Allowed To Drive A Car
Since June 24, 2018 women of Saudi Arabia will have the long-awaited right to drive a car: lifting of the ban on driving comes into force. However, the photo of the charming Arabian princess Hayfa bint Abdullah Al Saud behind the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz SL convertible of the 70s, which adorned the cover of the Vogue Arabia June issue, caused mixed reactions.
In an interview with the journal, the princess expressed support for the freedoms of women in her country, after which both the magazine and the heir of the royal dynasty have been severely criticized – they are accused of hypocrisy and cynicism.
A few weeks before the interview, several dozen Saudi she-activists advocating for women’s rights were arrested, and subsequently only four of them were got free, and the fate of the rest is unknown.
In addition, in order to obtain a driver’s license, a woman will first have to get a permission from a man – her husband, father or brother.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman decided to lift the ban on driving cars by women in September 2017, at the end of June 2018, as mentioned, it comes into force.
This act was carried out by him in the framework of the implementation of the Vision 2030 country development program. In January this year, the first car store for ladies and with female staff was open in Saudi Arabia.
We’d like add that until September 2017 Saudi Arabia was the only country where women were forbidden to drive the car. But from the end of 2018 the women in Turkmenistan will be deprived of the right to get behind the wheel.