Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Saudi Women Lobby for Right to Drive

Women in Saudi Arabia have formed the Committee of Demanders of Women's Right to Drive Cars to lobby for driving rights. The created an online petition to send to King Abdullah. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that has a ban on women drivers, and it seems to be a pretty dividing issue.

"Conservatives, who believe women should be shielded from male strangers, say women in the driver's seat will be free to leave home alone and go when and where they please."

We certainly can't have that, now can we? Critics of the ban say that there's no religious support for not allowing women to drive. The founder of the Committee, Fowziyyah al-Oyouni, says that the electronic petition has many signatures from both women and men.

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