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Saudi Arabia wins plaudits for allowing women to drive

Saudi Arabia wins plaudits for allowing women to drive

However, the Saudi ambassador to the United States reportedly said that Saudi women with a driver's licence from any of the GCC states would be allowed to drive immediately in the country.

The structural racism in Saudi Arabia is all-pervasive, and it can be seen in the absence of non-Saudi women resident in Saudi Arabia being given a platform to discuss women's rights.

Saudi Arabia will use the "preparatory period" until June to expand licensing facilities and develop the infrastructure to accommodate millions of new motorists, state media said.

Dr. Madawi al-Rasheed, a Saudi academic, congratulated the women activists in a tweet and wished for "political and civil rights and an elected government" to follow.

He said women would not need to get permission from a legal guardian to get a license and would not need a guardian in the auto when they drive. On Tuesday, King Salman announced that as of June, 2018, the women of his country will be able to get driver's licences, ending a 60-year ban and many decades of protest.

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A muted response from Saudi's powerful clergy, which has long backed the ban, suggested power shared between the Al Saud dynasty and the Wahhabi religious establishment could be shifting decisively in favour of the royals. The granting to women of the long-deserved right to drive must not be used to gain unearned goodwill, especially by Canada, which is already on the hook for selling the regime armoured vehicles that seem to have been used against its own citizens. According to the World Economic Forum, which conducts the ranking, the Saudi labor market "is segmented among different population groups, and women remain largely excluded".

It's impossible to overstate the importance of mobility to freedom in any country, but particularly Saudi Arabia, which influences the entire Muslim world.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has vowed to transform Saudi Arabia's economy, but it won't work unless he can also drag the country's medieval society into the modern era. Still, lifting the driving ban on women could help the country's worldwide reputation.

Other Twitter users pointed out that Saudi women are still under the male guardianship system, which among other things, prevents them from travelling without permission of the men in their family. "I feel like no one can understand it fully but us", said Abeer Alarjani, 32, who plans to start driving lessons.

The decree also said a high-level ministerial committee was being formed to study other issues that needed to be addressed for the change to take place.

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