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Saudi Arabia women now allowed to drive

September 27, 2017

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has changed the law allowing women to drive.

This is the first time this has been allowed in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi women have campaigned for years for the right to get behind the wheel.

Government ministries are now going to prepare the law and women will be on the road by June 2018.

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world to forbid women from driving. Only men are allowed driving licences and women who drive in public risk being arrested and fined.

Because of the law, many families have had to employ private drivers to help transport female relatives.

Saudi website Al Arabiya said about 800,000 men, mostly from South Asia, work as drivers to Saudi women.

Saudi law enforces a strict form of Sunni Islam known as Wahhabism and is known for its gender segregation rules.

Women have to adhere to strict dress codes, must not associate with unrelated men, and if they want to travel, work or access healthcare they must be accompanied by – or receive written permission from – a male guardian.

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1

That is so great but they should of let woman drive in the first place .

2

That is soooooooooooo good
Finally they don't have to ask men for pormission to do everything

3

That's so mean to women in that country

4

Wow that is great

5

Wow that is great

6

FINALLY!

7

wow i never knew that

8

Finally they are allowed to have some free will

9

this is awesome!!!