The Saudi women’s long struggle to overcome gender-repressive laws is seeing results, thanks to a more ‘liberal’ King. By his decree, women will be legally allowed to drive on public roads by 2018. What’s more, they will not need the escort of a male ‘guardian’ while driving: so far Saudi Arabian women are forbidden to be in public places without a designated male in attendance!
As Saudi activist Manal al-Sharif puts it “Saudi Arabia will never be the same again. The rain begins with a single drop.” Manal, whose book Daring to Drive recounts her remarkable journey to overcome the odds of being a woman in her country, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that Saudi Arabia needs women as an active part of the economy: freedom to drive is the beginning. (Listen to the interview: http://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2017/09/27/intv-amanpour-manal-al-sharif.cnn/video/playlists/amanpour/
There’s a long list of rights women in Saudi Arabia have been demanding. Some have been warned for being outspoken, some have been arrested, but each victory, like this one, is bound to strengthen resolves, and eventually change laws.
Freedom right now is facing strong wind currents with a grip on the wheel.
Let’s look forward this October to more stories of hope! From across the world