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10 Reasons Saudi Women Should Be Allowed To Drive

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that bans women from driving. BuzzFeed’s Sheera Frenkel reported this week that activists are launching a new campaign to lift the ban.

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3. Religion has nothing to do with it

“Islamic Sharia does not have a text forbidding women driving,” Sheikh Abdulatif al-Alsheikh, chief of Saudi religious police, told Reuters last week.

4. Saudi King Abdullah said he supports women right to drive

spa.gov.sa

The king told Barbarah Walters of ABC News in 2005: “I believe strongly in the rights of women ... my mother is a woman, my sister is a woman, my daughter is a woman, my wife is a woman. I believe the day will come when women drive. In fact, if you look at the areas in Saudi Arabia, the deserts and in the rural areas, you will find that women do drive The issue will require patience. In time, I believe it will be possible.”

6. Some drivers have hygiene issues

Translation:

@_ohouds_: How can I tell my driver that his B.O. is killing me! It is reaching me in the backseat!

@noufixxo: He smells bad, his B.O. is bad and he is wearing yesterday’s clothes. Why would he need an hour in the bathroom after waking up, I don’t know!!!!!!!

Eww.

9. There are many other important issues Saudi women need to tackle

alhayat.com

Saudi women live under male guardianship rules that put many restrictions on their lives. The judiciary still does not recognize them. Women need to get the driving ban out of the way so they can deal with the bigger issues of inequality.

10. To stop Shams from making horrible music like this

View this video on YouTube

While it’s nice of the Saudi-Kuwaiti singer to lend her support to the cause, this is a terrible song. If the ban on driving is not lifted she will continue to make music like that and everyone will suffer.

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