27 September, 2017
The scholars see no reason not to allow women to drive as long as there are legal and regulatory guarantees to avoid the pretexts (that those against women driving had in mind), even if they are unlikely to happen.
Alam also thanked Saudi Arabia for successfully holding the summit-level meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Rohingya Minority in NY.
The decision has overturned a longstanding policy that has become a global symbol of the repression of women in the ultraconservative kingdom, the New York Times reported. The more affluent have male drivers and more recently, in major cities, women could access ride hailing apps like Uber and Careem. I think it's a great step in the right direction for that country.
"The next challenge came in 2011, when activist Maha al-Qatani was the first Saudi woman to get a traffic ticket".
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Ms. Sharif was instrumental in organizing groups of women for collective protests to demand an end to the ban on female drivers. Others argued that allowing women to drive would lead to promiscuity and the collapse of the Saudi family.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman issued an order on Tuesday that paves the way for women to obtain driver's licenses, according to Saudi state media. A committee will be set up to study how enforce the regulations. For example, the police will have to be trained to interact with women in a way that they rarely do in Saudi Arabia, a society where men and women who are not related have little contact.
The new ruling will take effect in June next year.