AP Was There: Saudi women protest driving ban in 1990

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Prime Minister Theresa May meets King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia in Manama Bahrain

Saudi Arabia is dominated by the puritanical Wahhabi school of Islam, but the kingdom has been introducing slow-paced change. He also added, "I think our leadership understands that our society is ready".

All the women taking part in the protest were experienced drivers, having learned the skill outside of Saudi Arabia.

"Saudi Arabia's King Salman has issued a historic royal decree granting driving licenses for women in the kingdom", the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya news channel reported.

Still others sought to draw attention to the human rights violations still plaguing the country.

The United States has welcomed Saudi Arabia's announcement that women will be allowed to drive for the first time.

But some working Saudi women say hiring private drivers to get them to and from work eats up much of their pay, diminishing the incentive to work.

This file image grab from a video uploaded by Saudi activists on YouTube on October 17, 2013 shows a fully veiled woman driving in Riyadh ahead of a then-planned nationwide day of defiance of the ban on women driving. Saudi officials and clerics have provided numerous explanations for the ban over the years.

Women in the kingdom are also bound by law to wear long robes and a headscarf and require the consent of a male guardian for most legal actions.

While women in other Muslim countries drove freely, the kingdom's blanket ban attracted negative publicity.

Numerous kingdom's professionals and young people will welcome the change, viewing it as a step to making life in the country a bit more like life elsewhere. In major cities, women can access ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Careem. She said she couldn't believe the news when her son called to tell her.

"Preventing a woman from driving a auto is today an issue of rights similar to the one that forbade her from receiving an education or having an independent identity", Alwaleed said. People are demanding it.

We also refer to what the majority of the Council of Senior Scholars agreed on, which is that the original Islamic ruling in regards to women driving is to allow it, and that those who have opposed it have done so based on excuses that are baseless and have no predominance of thought. Never mind driving a vehicle, which is coming, no doubt...

In addition to the Islamic restriction found in most Arab countries preventing Muslim women from marrying non-Muslims, Saudi Arabia's Permanent Committee for Islamic Research and Issuing Fatwas (religious decrees) - a governmental body - has ruled a Sunni woman should not marry a "Shiite man or a communist (atheist)".

Following which, the government will have to implement the decree until June 24, 2018.



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