Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Video on CCTV America: Saudi women protest against ban on women drivers


One of the faces of the women's driving movement, Samia El-Moslimany, answers questions in the video above on CCTV America. 

The women's driving issue here in Saudi Arabia continues to remain in the forefront of the news.  Women across the country continue to defy the ban.  Some have been detained, while others have driven without any problems.

One thing is clear:  the women are not backing down.  With the expulsion of thousands of undocumented foreign male drivers from Saudi Arabia this year, there is a driver shortage.  With more and more Saudi women entering the work force, transportation issues for women have become more than just a mere inconvenience.

I would love to see the Saudi men of this country forbidden to drive for just one week and see how they like it.  Maybe then more of them would be more sympathetic and supportive to the cause instead of being more concerned about relinquishing the control this driving ban gives them over women. 

14 comments:

  1. I cannot understand why they don't let al adults drive, as long as they can pass a licensing exam. It is a complete waste of money and it is simply unfair to women and unfair to poorer families who cannot afford to hire a driver.

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    1. Hi Jerry - I couldn't agree with you more. I have often pointed out that not allowing women to drive here in KSA makes no economic sense whatsoever. It is a drain on women's finances as well as families. Importing men by the thousands just to drive women around is stupid, especially in a society where there is such strict gender segregation. Unfair only begins to describe the situation.

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  2. Kudos to these gutzie Saudi women! Progress is being made.

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    1. Hi Lori - Thanks so much for your support. We need all the support we can get!

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  3. Of course you know I'm in support of women driving. Have you driven there?

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    1. Hi Gaelyn - I did drive here once shortly after I arrived, out in the country where there were not many cars around. Since I don't have Saudi citizenship, I feel it would be better for me and for the cause if I don't actually get behind the wheel here until it is legal for me to do so.

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  4. Susie:
    The woman being interviewed, who says she has been in Saudi Arabia for 30 years, does not have a western name but she sounds like an American. Do you know anything else about her?
    H.

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    1. Hi Helene - Samia is half Egyptian and half American. She married a Saudi man in her early 20s and has lived between the USA and KSA ever since. She has dual citizenship. She is a professional photographer, an outspoken advocate for women's rights, and I am proud to say that she is a friend of mine.

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  5. seriously I don't know why you see driving like the main accomplishment in a life there are far more important issues to deal with in Saudi Arabia, I'm a Saudi girl and I DO NOT want women to drive here and the majority of Saudi women think like me.

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    1. Dear Anonymous - Where have I ever said that I see "driving like the main accomplishment in life"? Please show me where I said that.
      So, you don't want to drive? Fine. But what about all the other women in this country who DO want to drive, who NEED to drive? Should they be deprived of this basic need of transportation simply because you don't want to? Or, exactly why? What are the reasons why women should NOT drive here?
      And because you are Saudi, you think you have the right to speak for the "majority of Saudi women"? Have you actually SPOKEN to the majority of Saudi women and found out that they think just like you, or did you take a poll? I have spoken to many Saudi women who actually WANT to drive and others who may not want to but they still believe women should at least have the CHOICE of whether to drive or not. Why don't YOU believe this?
      Here's what I think: I think you have been brainwashed all your life into believing the myth that you shouldn't be allowed to drive "for your own protection." That the roads here are too dangerous for women behind the wheel. That you are a delicate flower and it's safer for you to be in the car with an unrelated male driver who cannot drive than to drive yourself. That women aren't capable of knowing what to do in an emergency and are helpless creatures that need to be taken care of by men. Believe all that crap if you want, but don't stand in the way of other women who want more for themselves, more for their daughters. You are standing in the way of women who cannot afford a driver, who must work to help support their families and must pay a large chunk of their earnings to taxis. You are standing in your own way and limiting yourself and all the other women of this country.
      I have written about many other important issues regarding the suppression of women's rights here in Saudi Arabia besides driving. Take a look at my blog. Maybe you'll learn something.

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