Women allowed to drive in Saudi Arab

Yemenis walk past a building housing branches of the Finance Ministry and Central Bank that was heavily damaged in an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in the northern province of Saada

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Women are generally not allowed to socialise with males outside their immediate families and can be thrown in prison for such an offence.

And Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Khaled bin Salman, appeared jubilant.

Saudi's official press did not detail how granting women the right to drive will operate with respect to that system - for example, whether a man will need to sign off on a woman getting a license or even on taking individual auto trips.

This caller suggested that men in Britain have fewer rights than women in Saudi Arabia, so Maajid Nawaz gave him a few cold, hard facts.

NORTHAM: This television anchor broke the news, saying, this is a day women in Saudi Arabia have been waiting for a really long time, King Salman's royal decree that any woman who wants one could get a driver's license. He says Saudi Arabia will recognize driver's licenses issued to women in other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

In Saudi Arabia, no specific legislation bans women from accessing such services, however some government bodies require that the request be presented by a man.

As of June 23, 2018, when necessary legal procedures are completed, it is announced that women will also be able to drive with ir driver's license.

The driving ban has been a topic of heated debate, with conservative citizens arguing that the Islamic prohibition against men and women mingling in public included women drivers.

Nearly immediately after the news broke, an Arabic hashtag on Twitter was trending that said: "The women of my house won't drive".

The 32-year-old crown prince has also opened the country to more entertainment, allowing musical concerts and even a Comic-Con event as part of a wide-ranging push to reform the economy and society.

Saudi rights activist Sahar Nasief, who lives in in the Red Sea city of Jiddah, has for years been involved in the campaign for women to drive.

Under these laws, women can not travel overseas, work or undergo some medical procedures without the consent of their male "guardian", often a father, a husband or even a son.

"We don't know what will happen next", said a woman in one of the cars. "Things have to change". Never mind driving a vehicle, which is coming, no doubt...

In a royal decree signed by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the order said it will be effective immediately but the rollout will take months, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday. The committee must submit its recommendations within 30 days.

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