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Saudi car owners fined for allowing women to drive

Navin Johnson (The Jerk) 2013/09/25 11:27:21
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  • stevmackey 2013/09/26 01:41:18
    and some are all for Islam?
    stevmackey
    They also do harass Christian and Jewish drivers. That si why I know a few Egyptians that came to this country to practise freely.
  • jgh57 2013/09/25 18:52:15
    and some are all for Islam?
    jgh57
    Proof there is time travel. Just fly to the Middle East and you can be in the 16th century.
  • Peru 2013/09/25 13:52:52
    don't let the women drive!
    Peru
    You know, when I lived in California, every where people insisted and insisted that driving was a privilege and not a right. When the states in the USA accept that driving is a right, only then will I condemn another government that doesn't permit women to drive - not before.
  • Erica 2013/09/25 13:07:24
    and some are all for Islam?
    Erica
    Did this happen here in America?
  • wtw 2013/09/25 12:36:40
    and some are all for Islam?
    wtw
    +1
    But libs say they stand for womans rights? Ha!
  • Steve 2013/09/25 12:25:48
    and some are all for Islam?
    Steve
    +1
    Islam, coming to a country near you.

    islam coming to a country near you islam coming to a country near you
  • Sharon 2013/09/25 11:37:09
    and some are all for Islam?
    Sharon
    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2013

    Saudi Arabian Women Urged To Protest Against Driving Ban By Getting Behind The Wheel On October 26
    Huffington Post UK is among many media outlets reporting on a planned day of driving in October. A link to the story is here, and the text is pasted in below. The story is by Sara C. Nelson, and was published on 9/23/13.

    A new campaign urging Saudi Arabian women to hold a “day of defiance” against the country’s driving ban is underway.

    An online petition entitled “Oct 26th, driving for women”, had, at time of press, amassed more than 8,000 signatures in just two days.

    Literature on the website reads: “The campaign has no anti-Islamic or political agenda for neither Islam nor the official laws of Saudi prohibit women from driving.


    Saudi Arabian women are being urged to hold a 'day of defiance' against the country's driving ban
    “Islam and the Basic Law of Saudi Arabia both ensure that all, regardless of gender, have the right to freedom of movement. King Abdullah has also stated the ban is only societal.”
    It urges women and men alike to sign the petition and share it on social media sites. Women are also encouraged to drive, have lessons and post videos of themselves doing so.

    Though it’s technically not illegal for women to drive in Saudi Ara...
















    MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2013

    Saudi Arabian Women Urged To Protest Against Driving Ban By Getting Behind The Wheel On October 26
    Huffington Post UK is among many media outlets reporting on a planned day of driving in October. A link to the story is here, and the text is pasted in below. The story is by Sara C. Nelson, and was published on 9/23/13.

    A new campaign urging Saudi Arabian women to hold a “day of defiance” against the country’s driving ban is underway.

    An online petition entitled “Oct 26th, driving for women”, had, at time of press, amassed more than 8,000 signatures in just two days.

    Literature on the website reads: “The campaign has no anti-Islamic or political agenda for neither Islam nor the official laws of Saudi prohibit women from driving.


    Saudi Arabian women are being urged to hold a 'day of defiance' against the country's driving ban
    “Islam and the Basic Law of Saudi Arabia both ensure that all, regardless of gender, have the right to freedom of movement. King Abdullah has also stated the ban is only societal.”
    It urges women and men alike to sign the petition and share it on social media sites. Women are also encouraged to drive, have lessons and post videos of themselves doing so.

    Though it’s technically not illegal for women to drive in Saudi Arabia, a fatwa issued in the '90s banned the act, making it very difficult for women to get around town without a man, CNN reports. A statement from the Ministry of Interior backed up the decree.

    Allowing women to drive in Saudi Arabia would also mean no more virgins and an increase in homosexuality, according to academics at Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council, Majlis al-Ifta' al-A'ala, it was reported in the Telegraph in 2011.

    More pornography would be used if women were allowed on the roads and rates of prostitution and divorce would also rise, the report added.

    The upcoming day of defiance follows the work of the Women2Drive campaign, which also calls for “freedom drivers” to take to the roads in protest. The face of the movement is Manal al-Sharif, who was arrested in May 2011 after uploading a video of herself driving through the streets of the city of Khobar in Saudi Arabia.

    In 2005, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of the Interior, Prince Naif, told the Saudi Press Agency that the controversy over driving is an exaggerated one. He believes "that this is a controversy which has no meaning because it is a social matter to be decided by society. It looks like some people want to make it an issue, but it’s not," he said.

    Because Saudi Arabia doesn’t have reliable public transportation, women are wholly dependent on male relatives or hired drivers to go to the supermarket, school, work or even the hospital.
    Religious police only recently lifted a ban on females riding motorbikes and bicycles – as long as they wear the full-length veil and are accompanied by a male relative.

    The Gulf Kingdom is governed by Sharia law, and it is illegal for Saudi women to travel abroad without male accompaniment. They may only do so if their guardian agrees by signing a document know as a 'yellow sheet' at an airport or border crossing.

    In November 2012 it emerged women were being electronically monitored with authorities using SMS to track them and inform their husbands of their whereabouts.

    It was only in 2011 that women were given the right to vote and run for office in municipal elections in 2015.
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