Tuesday, September 26, 2017

AT LONG LAST - WOMEN WILL DRIVE IN SAUDI ARABIA

Major news sources are breaking with the news that King Salman of Saudi Arabia has reversed the decades long ban on women driving in the country. 

I have written many posts complaining about the frustrations of not being allowed to drive here, especially since I have driven in my own country since I was 16 years old, plus the fact that I have seen young boys under 12 driving without issue in Saudi Arabia almost daily.

For many years, transportation issues were one of my main problems with life here in Saudi Arabia.

I do have to admit that with the advent of Uber and Careem and other car services a few short years ago, it did greatly improve my quality of life here.

However I still longed for the day when I could just spontaneously pick up my car keys and run out to the store by myself.

It got really tiring over the years hearing the ridiculous excuses men came up with for denying me the right to drive.

The right to drive should be non-gender specific and should have nothing to do with whether I have a penis or not.



While I am ecstatic and relieved at this news, the real issue at hand still remains the male guardianship system in place in this country, which renders women the legal wards of male relatives (husband, father, brother, etc.) for their whole lives.

Saudi women are considered incapable of making life decisions for themselves and have the legal status of children.

THE GUARDIANSHIP SYSTEM MUST BE ABOLISHED.

Saudi women should be given their dignity and allowed to make decisions for themselves without the approval of their guardian.

It's insulting and disrespectful to deny them control over their own lives to make their own decisions.

But not only that, it's bad policy for Saudi Arabia to cripple itself by marginalizing half of its population.

Saudi women are strong and capable and intelligent.

It's amazing how they have managed to work around the obstacles placed before them - but they have the potential to do so much more for the good of this country.

They should be allowed to soar and help Saudi Arabia achieve the visions it has for itself.

Saudi women deserve it.

"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves." - Abraham Lincoln

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