Saudi Arabia announced that women can obtain a driver license starting on June 2018.
The uproar on social media reacting over a decree allowing women in Saudi Arabia to secure driving license by June 2018 was so amazing to watch. Women, both locally and globally, reacted to the announcement with a very big enthusiasm.
Activist Manal Al Sharif, who was jailed in 2011 for her protest on driving ban, released a statement on her website.
“Women’s rights activists will still continue to observe how this law is implemented and monitored and will continue campaigning to abolish the male guardianship imposed on them,” she wrote. “We ask for nothing short of full equality for women.”
It seems though that as of the date indicated, the kingdom will be no longer the only country in the world to keep women off the roads.
“The royal decree will implement the provisions of traffic regulations, including the issuance of driving licenses for men and women alike,” said the Saudi Press Agency.
In her website, Sharif writes, “It’s just the start to end long-standing unjust laws have always considered Saudi women minors who are not trusted to drive their own destiny.”
“The rain begins with a single drop!” she wrote.