Finally some good news for Arabian women. Saudi Arabia agrees to let women drive by lifting the long ban that had become a global issue for women. It’s the last country now to let women drive. Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that it would allow women to drive. This will take effect from summer 2018. The Saudi leaders also hope that lifting the ban will help the economy by increasing women’s participation in the workplace.
A huge and admirable step by Saudi by lifting the ban on women driving. Keep reading to know more about it.
As we know that many working ladies in Saudi Arabia spend much of their salaries on drivers. And the new policy will surely help the country’s economy by increasing women’s participation in the workplace and other areas.
Prince Khaled bin Salman said, “We are trying to increase women’s participation in the workforce and this is a historic big day in our kingdom”. The prince described the step as “part of Vision 2030, which is a huge step toward a brighter future.”
As per the source, it is believed that this new law will take effect in June 2018.
Asked by CNN why the announcement was made now, Prince Salman said, “there is no wrong time to do the right thing.”
The Saudi prince also added that women will not have to get permission from their male guardians to take driving lessons from next year.
There are still many rules and policies for ladies that stop them from getting their basic rights.
The ban on driving has long been seen as a symbol of the repression of women in Saudi Arabia, which operates under the Shariah law. Now finally the band has been lifted, it will surely create a good image of the kingdom as this band has always hurt the image of Saudi worldwide.
Women are now allowed to drive, however, they won’t be getting the licenses immediately. A committee will be formed to look into how to implement this new order.
While we appreciate this step but there is still much to be done for women in Saudi Arabia.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US and other countries are “happy” with the move, calling it “a great step in the right direction for that country.” But Saudi Arabia still needs to do more to ensure full rights for its female citizens.
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