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Saudi Arabia’s Ban On Women Driving Officially Ended

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Saudi Arabia’s Ban On Women Driving Officially Ended

For years, even decades, women were not allowed to be behind the wheel in Saudi Arabia, but that ban is no longer. 


Back in September, the ban on Saudi women driving was lifted with the first licenses being issued earlier this month. 

Related: Saudi Women Will No Longer Need A Man’s Permission To Travel, Study, And Make Police Reports

Saudi Arabia was the only country left in the world where women could not drive. When it came to female relatives, families had to hire private chauffeurs.

Women who fought for this day to come are still in Saudi custody for possible counter-terrorism and could be facing lengthy sentences. 

Dozens of women were arrested for driving in Riyadh in 1990 and some Saudi women began posting videos of themselves at the wheel in 2008 and between 2011 and 2014.

“It is a historic moment for every Saudi woman,” Saudi television presenter Sabika al-Dosari said. 

Related: Saudi Arabia Allows Women To Attend A Football Game For The First Time

A pharmacy student Hatoun bin Dakhil also made a statement on the ban being lifted saying, 

“Those days of waiting long hours for a driver are over. We no longer need a man.”

While there are still many things Saudi woman can’t do, this is one change that is historic. 

Take a look at women celebrating below and let us know what you think! 


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