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Saudi women are in the driver’s seat for the first time in their country and steering their way through busy city streets just minutes after the world’s last remaining ban on women driving was lifted.
It’s a euphoric and historic moment for women who have had to rely on their husbands, fathers, brothers, and drivers to run basic errands, get to work, visit friends, or even drop kids off at school. The ban had relegated women to the backseat, unable to determine for themselves when and how to move around.
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But after midnight, Saudi women finally joined women around the world in being able to get behind the wheel of a car and simply drive.
Photos and video of women driving in Saudi Arabia began circulating on social media.
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Businesswoman Hind Alzahid told Arab News, “It’s our moment,’ after the ban was lifted.
For nearly three decades, Saudi women and the men who support them have been calling for women to have the right to drive. The few women who tried to drive in past years faced arrest for defying the ban as women in other Muslim countries drove freely. Ultraconservatives had long warned that allowing women to drive would lead to sin and expose women to harassment.
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Criticism has since been muted after King Salman announced last year that women would be allowed to drive. Many now say they support the decision and see it as long overdue.
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