Thursday, October 31, 2013

No Woman, No Drive

Saudi Arabia has been in the news recently regarding the Women-2-Drive campaign a few days ago, in which more than 60 Saudi women got behind the wheels of their cars and drove, defying the ban against women driving in this conservative tribal kingdom. 

Reports indicate that more than a dozen female drivers were detained by authorities on October 26, while many dozens more women safely drove without incident.

It has also been reported that Tariq al-Mubarak, a male Saudi journalist and educator, who supports lifting the ban on women driving in his country, has been arrested, and that Saudi authorities are harassing women who posted videos of themselves driving. 

Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch (HRW) was quoted as saying, "Saudi authorities are retaliating against people who want a very basic right for women - the right to get behind the wheel and drive themselves where they want to go.  The authorities should end the driving ban and stop harassing people for supporting women's rights."  

Meanwhile, Hisham Fageeh, a young Saudi comedian, has gained notoriety with a satirical video that has gone viral, spoofing the whole driving situation with his own rendition of Bob Marley's epic 1970's reggae song "No Woman, No Cry," changing it to "No Woman, No Drive."  Enjoy!



  1. Thanks for sharing, Susie! The use of social media (YouTube especially) is an interesting mode for propelling women's efforts to drive. I'd honestly be scared to publicize driving if I were myself involved (which I'm not!)--video posters are being detained? It's great, though, that the effort is getting so much international media attention.

  2. Susie!!!! So good to see a post from you today. I love this was so well done and the lyrics are right on. I hope this movement continues so the women in SA will be able to drive sooner than later. How are you? Hope all is well.

  3. I loved No Woman No Drive and it's nice to see you are back blogging

  4. I loved No Woman No Drive and it's nice to see you are back blogging

  5. Thank you. I enjoyed that song. I had no idea that women cannot drive in Saudi Arabia. It seems almost unbelievable in the 21st century !

  6. Talented young man! Having spent a couple of weeks recently with the Saudi family the subject came up and both my husband and myself are still shocked at the way the Saudi men so firmly believe their wives can't drive. Even more amazing when the fact that we met in another country where their female cousins, aunties, etc. were driving AND driving the male Saudi family around and these guys seemed to think that was just fine. Go figure!!?? :(