History has been made with news that the ban on women driving in Saudi will be lifted
27 September 2017| Last updated on 27 September 2017
Tuesday, September 27th, 2017 is a truly remarkable day for all women in Saudi Arabia as the government announced that women will soon be able to drive cars. Even more to this, women won’t need to ask permission from their guardians to take driving lessons.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ordered a decree allowing women to apply for their driving licenses. A ministerial body has been created to give feedback within 30 days of the practicalities of the decree and must finish full implementation of the order by June 24th, 2018.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was the last country in which women weren’t allowed to drive.
This is a big step in women’s right in the Kingdom. It is still unclear how this will affect other restrictions on women and if there are more changes in women rights awaiting women. Time will tell and Saudi has just less than a year to iron out the kinks with the new process. Currently, women need to be accompanied by their guardian when they leave their house.
The decision is part of the Vision 2030 campaign to start weaning Saudi off of the oil industry and start generating alternative income streams, get women more involved in the workforce. In addition to this, it is an attempt to restore the image that the world has of Saudi Arabia.