Prior to the law’s change restrictive laws banning women from driving were in place since the 1950s. Women who disobeyed these laws faced jail time 👩 .
International support for the law change was overwhelming with many hailing Saudi Arabia for finally granting women driving rights! It was seen as a landmark step towards gender equality and freedom for women in the kingdom – though some argued that restrictions still remain in place so women do not enjoy the same liberties as men do.
The driving ban was initially put in place in the 1950s under Islamic law which specified that women should not drive due to their physical frailty and modesty. It was seen as a means of protecting the safety and interests of women plethora protecting the country’s traditional cultural norms ️ 👩. The ban survived multiple challenges over the years consisting of a 2014 petition signed by over 14,000 Saudi women calling for it to become overturned 📲 ️ 👩 🇸🇦.
The Saudi Arabian government announced the ban would be lifted in September 2017 after issuing a royal decree, allowing women to apply for driver’s licences from June 2018 ️ 👩 🇸🇦. The announcement was met by celebration from Saudi women and it was widely seen as a significant step towards gender equality.
Saudi Arabia’s lifting of the ban was widely hailed as a historic step ️ 🇸🇦. Others referred to it as one of most important social reforms in Saudi Arabian history. This move has opened up new opportunities to Saudi women. They can drive to work run their errands or travel more freely without relying on their male family members or expensive taxis 🔛 👪.
The Saudi government also took steps to be certain that that women would have the same freedoms and rights as men when it comes to driving, introducing laws that make it illegal to discriminate against female drivers 👩 🇸🇦. Women are now able to take driving lessons obtain driver’s licences and purchase vehicles without the approval of a male guardian.
Despite the change in the law women are still subject to limitations on when and where they are allowed to drive with the Interior Ministry requiring that women be alonged with a male guardian in order to drive at night or outside of their residential cities ️ 🔛 👩. However many have argued that the restrictions still faced by Saudi women mean that they do not have the same freedoms as men when it comes to driving.
Additionally, the government has imposed curfews, forbidding women from driving after 8pm in some areas. Despite the progress that has been made some argue that the restrictions still in place mean that female drivers in Saudi Arabia do not have the same freedom and rights as their male counterparts 🇸🇦.
Despite the progress that has been made, the legislation has been criticized by some, who have argued that it does not go far enough in providing equal rights for women 👩. For example the law still requires women to wear a full abaya while driving something many believe is a form of subjugation and not obligatory for safety reasons ️ 👩.
Others have argued that the law was not enacted because of a genuine desire to promote gender equality, but instead to boost the country’s economy. The lifting of the ban has been seen as a way to help the country’s economy by increasing the lot of drivers and reducing the reliance on expensive transport services making it more attractive to foreign investors ️ 🔛.
Despite criticism of the law, the lifting of the driving ban has been welcomed by many and hailed as a significant step towards gender equality in Saudi Arabia. It has opened up new opportunities for Saudi women, allowing them to drive, and travel more freely, and has been widely praised as a historic move for the country. !! .
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