Saudi women begin challenge to driving ban

Jun 17, 2011 Full story: The Boston Globe 28

A campaign to defy Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving opened Friday with reports of some female motorists getting behind the wheel amid calls for sustained challenges to the restrictions in the ultraconservative kingdom.

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harold

Acworth, GA

#1 Jun 17, 2011
they don't know how good they have it. no police state like in america, no getting tossed in jail forever with no representation. and no women's liberation so they don't even have to work and fall for the rothchild and rockefeller propaganda of how great it is.

bmz

Since: Mar 08

Singapore

#2 Jun 17, 2011
Stale but good news.
Curse Islam and mohammed

Australia

#3 Jun 17, 2011
Not stale this is a seperate Drive so to speak. These women DESERVE BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS!

YOU GO GIRLS AND KNOW WE'RE ALL BEHIND YOU!

Since: Jul 08

Danbury, CT

#4 Jun 17, 2011
Let me know when they can start wearing bikinis. Then we'll be talking change.
deanoff

Bournemouth, UK

#5 Jun 17, 2011
Pawn-King-Nine

Taipei, Taiwan

#6 Jun 17, 2011
If only the protest was done in Saudi instead of Ukraine...

“It's Time to Defeat Terrorism ”

Since: May 11

NYC

#7 Jun 17, 2011
Obviously, sheep do not drive in Saudi Arabia either. Women in Saudi Arabia are treated like sheep and therefore they cannot drive. Women and girls are property of men and their private organs are mutilated to prevent them any sensual feelings which are even worse than sheep. The poor abused women are not allowed to study at school and are dressed with black Burqa that hide their faces and hide their identity as human being with no human rights. Every American knows that this is the primitive culture of the illiterate shepherds in the caves of Saudi Arabia desert of the 7th century when a girl of 9 years old is sold by her father to an old sheik as if she was property or a sheep.
The same culture of the Mozlem brothers is causing anarchy and chaos all around the world and pushing the world to depression and starvation of millions of innocent people all over the world that fall victim to the Mozlem terrorists’ suicide bombing attacks. Will the civilized world ever wake up to stop the evil sheiks and i9mams that treat women and girls like sub-humans and promise their services to the murderous martyrs that kill the non-believers? Will the American people stop the Obama ‘s obsession with the financing of the terrorists that treat women like sheep?
deanoff

Bournemouth, UK

#8 Jun 17, 2011
Any country that has a,religious police commission, can be nothing but a theocratic tyranny.

no more stone age

Kamloops, Canada

#9 Jun 17, 2011
welcome to islam. please leave all common sense at the door before entering.
http://www.thedailyaffair.com/...
no more stone age

Kamloops, Canada

#10 Jun 17, 2011
saudi arabs are chicken who fear their own women. they fear their women might escape their control.
and we all know how much muslims hate what they can't own.
no more stone age

Kamloops, Canada

#11 Jun 17, 2011
Lady Boom Boom

Brea, CA

#12 Jun 17, 2011
bmz wrote:
Stale but good news.
Make the men wear Bhurkas .... Start male Saudi genital mutiliation like they do to Women in ISLAM... These are freaky.....Muzzies......
Nader

Tucson, AZ

#13 Jun 18, 2011
We need Hooters in SA.
Long live Hot girls of SA.
Shalom
Pawn-King-Nine

Taipei, Taiwan

#14 Jun 18, 2011
Pawn-King-Nine wrote:
If only the protest was done in Saudi instead of Ukraine...
wow! how little did I know...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/saudiwomenrights

RIYADH (AFP)– Defiant Saudi women got behind the wheels of their cars Friday in response to calls for nationwide action to break a traditional ban unique to the ultra-conservative kingdom.

The call spread through Facebook and Twitter is the largest en masse action since November 1990, when 47 Saudi women were arrested and severely punished after demonstrating in cars.

Forty-two women took part in Friday's protest, according to the Facebook campaign page Women2drive, which said none were arrested, one was given a traffic ticket and that two others were escorted home.

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"I was scared but if all the women started driving I would feel reassured."

A handful of women uploaded video footage of themselves driving, while some said they passed police patrols without being stopped, in what could be an attempt by authorities to avoid embarrassment as the campaign attracted global media attention.

A woman started the posting with a video of her driving after midnight as the first woman to take up the protest. Veiled, she drove along nearly empty main roads until she parked at a supermarket.

"All that we need is to run our errands without depending on drivers," said the unnamed woman in the video. "I believe that the society is ready to welcome us."

Police patrols were at normal levels on the sleepy streets of Riyadh on Friday, the first day of the Muslim weekend, an AFP photographer reported.

Many Saudi women had pledged on Facebook and Twitter to answer the call to defy the deeply entrenched ban.

But instead of staging demonstrations, which are strictly banned in the absolute monarchy, women with driving licences obtained abroad were encouraged to take individual action.

Veteran women's rights activist Wajiha al-Huwaidar told AFP she did not expect a huge turnout as hoped for by sympathisers abroad because of the severe response by officials to women who have taken the lead in recent weeks.

"I do not expect something big as people abroad imagine," she said, adding that jailing activist Manal al-Sherif and others has scared some women off.

Sharif, a 32-year-old computer scientist, found herself behind bars for two weeks last month after driving in the Eastern Province and posting footage of her actions on the Internet.

Six other women were also briefly detained after being caught learning to drive on an empty plot of land in north Riyadh.

Women in Saudi Arabia face an array of constraints, ranging from having to cover from head to toe in public and needing a male guardian's permission to travel, to having restricted access to jobs because of strict segregation rules.

The main Facebook page campaign, dubbed Women2Drive, says the action will keep going "until a royal decree allowing women to drive is issued."

"Saudi Arabian authorities must stop treating women as second-class citizens and open the kingdom?s roads to women drivers," Amnesty International said Thursday.

There is no law banning women from driving in the oil-rich kingdom, but the interior ministry imposes regulations based on a fatwa, or religious edict, stipulating women should not be permitted to drive.

But the society that is constrained by strict Islamic rules on segregation is not all that welcoming despite many supportive statements.

A counter Facebook group was created urging men to beat every woman they spot behind the wheel.

The last mass protest against the ban was held in November 1990 when a group of women stunned Saudi men by driving around Riyadh in 15 cars before being arrested.

The women were provoked at the time by the sight of US female soldiers who were taking part in the first Gulf War driving military vehicles freely in their own country while they are banned.
Habibi Matrimonials

Milpitas, CA

#15 Jun 18, 2011
Even in America having the "right" to drive is reworded with the "privilage to drive."

Quite honestly as a female, there are a lot of headaches associated with car ownership...flat tires, overheating, oil changes, tire rotations, Smog tests, being stranded, standing in line at DMV and finding the right Car Insurance... the list goes on and on...

Why the fuss, I will never understand.
kaffir

Mount Morris, MI

#16 Jun 18, 2011
Zapper

Australia

#17 Jun 18, 2011
Habibi Matrimonials wrote:
Even in America having the "right" to drive is reworded with the "privilage to drive."
Quite honestly as a female, there are a lot of headaches associated with car ownership...flat tires, overheating, oil changes, tire rotations, Smog tests, being stranded, standing in line at DMV and finding the right Car Insurance... the list goes on and on...
Why the fuss, I will never understand.
You're just a typically abused, brainwashed muslim woman. It is so sad because you DON'T even REALISE that you are abused and controlled. It is so entrenched within you that you are subconsciously afraid to be anything other than supportive of your own abuse.

You are sad.
Zapper

Australia

#18 Jun 18, 2011
The other thing that is sad is that you don't realise that you are just as much owned as a vehicle. Unbelievable.

bmz

Since: Mar 08

Singapore

#19 Jun 18, 2011
Lady Boom Boom wrote:
Make the men wear Bhurkas .... Start male Saudi genital mutiliation like they do to Women in ISLAM... These are freaky.....Muzzies......
What an ignorant fool!

Dunce, I called it stale because it was reported here by the goons late.

And then I called it a good news, O' Uncircumcized One!
deanoff

Manchester, UK

#20 Jun 18, 2011
Habibi Matrimonials wrote:
Even in America having the "right" to drive is reworded with the "privilage to drive."
Quite honestly as a female, there are a lot of headaches associated with car ownership...flat tires, overheating, oil changes, tire rotations, Smog tests, being stranded, standing in line at DMV and finding the right Car Insurance... the list goes on and on...
Why the fuss, I will never understand.
That may all be true,but it doesn't detract from the fact that you are not afforded the choice.
The question you should be asking is,why?
Do you think it may have something to do with the mindset of the followers of a religion that see half the population as no more worthy to the right to drive a car than a camel or a sheep?

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