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First Saudi Women Receives Driving Licenses


On Monday, June 5, 2018, for the first time in the decade, just weeks before a ban on female drivers is lifted first Saudi women received driving licenses. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are not allowed drive. Saudi Arabia prepares to lift its decades-long ban on female drivers on June 24.

Saudi Arabia’s Officials said, “The first group of women today received their Saudi driving licenses.” Further, it added, “The general directorate of traffic started replacing international driving licenses recognized in the kingdom with Saudi licenses.”

The sources stated that the Saudi’s move is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s far-reaching liberalization drive. Country’s law requires women to seek male permission for various decisions that extends to the ban on women driving.

In past, Saudi Arabia’s families had to hire private drivers to manage their transportation, however, the right group has campaigned for years to allow women to drive. Previously, many activists including women and men were arrested accused of being “traitors”.

Rema Jawdat, who received a license said, “It’s a dream come true that I am about to drive in the kingdom.” Further, she added, “Driving to me represents having a choice of independent movement.”


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