Thursday, May 5, 2016

Saudi Society Will Accept Women Driving

I just wrote a guest post about the women's driving issue for the site called SAUDI WOMEN DRIVING, which offers news and thoughts pertaining to the issue of - you guessed it - Saudi women driving.  

I was prompted to write this in response to a recent statement by the man who is a son of the current king of Saudi Arabia and who is also second in line to the Saudi throne, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.  Last week he unveiled Saudi Vision 2030, a comprehensive plan outlining the future course and goals for Saudi Arabia.  A very small part of that plan dealt with the women driving issue, and here is what I have to say about it in my guest post on SAUDI WOMEN DRIVING: 

That's me - driving in Saudi Arabia!

A few days ago Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, second in line to the throne, was quoted as saying, “Saudi society, not the government, will determine whether women will be allowed to drive cars.”

To that I would ask: Exactly how loud does society have to yell in order to be heard? 

Women have been demanding the right to drive here in Saudi Arabia since 1990 when a few dozen women organized and drove in the streets of Riyadh.  They were severely punished – by the government – with the ramifications affecting their lives for many years.  Since then, many other women have driven on their own - and those who were caught have also been arrested and punished.  In fact, women who drive in KSA can now be charged with terrorism, open to the government’s interpretation.  

But wait a minute! If the government isn’t responsible for keeping women from driving in Saudi Arabia and punishing them if they do, then who is?  Society?  Really?


  1. In my openion Saudi Society is adaptive to change ! if women has been given right to vote then why not right to drive? there is no clause in Law written anywhere that women cannot drive . its a taboo that needs to be break .

    instead of announcing at mass level one can open and society can accept that change over time . As they have been receptive to many other redical changes in educaion, service sector and women representation in all sectors.

  2. strange part is women in saudiarabia can fly plane but not driver is bit unacceptable.

  3. First of all, I love the photo of you driving in SA! Enjoyed reading your guest post and can't wait until all women are behind the wheel.

  4. The Saudi rules on driving are a regressive tax since the cost of hiring a driver affects less wealthy people more than the wealthy.

  5. I hope things will change and women will be allowed to drive without issue. Sometimes the change of laws seems to take forever.