Saudi Women Demand Right to Drive

May 12, 2011 1 Comment by

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(This report from
Many brave Saudis have called on their government to allow women to drive. has sent a petition to King Abdullah regarding our First Annual Saudi Women’s Grand Prix.
One Saudi group called “I will drive starting June 17” is determined to obtain their basic human right without delay. A translation of the group’s Facebook petition follows.

“On June 17th, we, the women of Saudi Arabia, will begin driving our cars. We respect the law of the land, and we are not demonstrating with the goal of violating it. We will be wearing our Hijab, are all licensed to drive, and will abide by traffic laws. We will simply be practicing a basic human right – the right of transportation.

We do not want to be subject to humiliation by taxi drivers and we do not wish to assign our Mohrams to help us in tasks that we are capable of doing on our own. Some of us work, some take care of our children, and others are widows, who do not have anyone to help them in their daily chores. We wish to live our lives with dignity and we do not want to be reliant on anyone aside from God.”

The original text (in Arabic) is below:
نحن النساء القاطنات بالمملكة العربية السعودية من جميع الجنسيات سنبدأ من
يوم الجمعه ١٥ رجب ١٤٣٢ الموافق ١٧ يونيه ٢٠١١ بقيادة سياراتنا الخاصة في الأماكن العامة
نحن نحترم السلطات ولسنا هنا لأي هدف تخريبي ولسنا هنا للتظاهر أو التجمهر أو كسر القانون
نحن هنا لنبدأ بممارسة حق من أبسط حقوقنا وهو حرية التنقل بدون المذلة لسائق أجنبي أو الركوب مع تاكسي أو التكليف على المحارم كل يوم بتقضية حوائجنا عنا
سنلتزم حين القياده في الأماكن العامة بحجابنا ونملك رخص قياده تؤهلنا لتشغيل مركباتنا
منا النساء العاملات ومنا الأمهات.. منا الأرامل والمطلقات من لايجدن من يقم بحوائجهن..
جاء الوقت لنعيش حياة كريمة.. لامذلة ولا حاجة إلا لوجه خالقنا

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Ron Ross worked as the first Sports Editor at WINTV. In Wollongong. He ran The Hamburger Hut an outreach and discipleship program for youth. He served with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. He was senior pastor of the Noosa Baptist Church, Queensland for 9 years. He reported news from Jerusalem for five years and is now the Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters and travels regularly preaching and teaching.

One Response to “Saudi Women Demand Right to Drive”

  1. Kaden says:

    Glad I’ve fnlialy found something I agree with!

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