Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Women Driving In Saudi Arabia..


Could it finally be possible that women are finally going to get they're right to drive in Saudi? Or am I living in a dream world? SubhanAllah the last time women in the kingdom brought attention to the issue was in 1990. For so long this thing kept getting side stepped.

Since then a Saudi women Wajeha Al-Huwaider posted a video of herself driving in Saudi on YouTube. She holds a licence, but to her dismay is only allowed to drive to the rural areas. She explains her frustrations and states that this restriction "paralyzes half the population." International Women's Day was on Saturday and in the first four days of having posted this video on YouTube a whopping 19 000 000 have viewed it.

"For women to drive is not a political issue," Wajeha said as she drove. "It is not a religious issue. It is a social issue, and we know that many women of our society are capable of driving cars. We also know that many families will allow their women to drive."

Wajeha, along with 125 other women signed a petition urging Prince Nayef bin Abdel Aziz. She said the women who signed the petition would be "willing to assist the government in training other women and helping them obtain their own driver's licenses." The petition-signers hold driver's licenses from a variety of countries.


  1. alsalmaou alaikom,
    that's such an amazing story! I hope that the women of Saudi Arabia will be able to achieve their goal in convincing their King to let them aid those women and teach them how to drive...

  2. Asalaam `alaikum!!

    They really should let women drive... What's the big deal?!?!

  3. LOL, I am happy to have someone drive me around in KSA (I personally hate driving) but I think it is soooooo hypocritical that they want women to be alone in a car with an non-maharam man rather than the fitnah of them being alone in a car.... Um... Which is more fitnah??????????? Easy for anyone with half a brain.