Women Drive for Change
by Bryan McGaw on November 2, 2013 - 1:12pm
In this article posted by The Guardian on October 26th, 2013 speaks about women in Saudi Arabia protesting the ban on women not being allowed to drive. More than 60 women have been driving their cars in Saudi Arabia to protest the ban of women not allowed to drive. Aziza Youssef (a campaigner for the cause) has received videos and phone messages from women proving they are and claiming they are driving in protest. Aziza has said it is possible to verify that these messages are true, and that this would be the biggest protest against the ban of women driving in the country. There have been warnings from police and ultraconservatives that anyone caught driving would be arrested or ticketed, but no reports have come up of any of these punishments being carried out. There have been videos posted on the YouTube channel October 26 driving for women group where women were driving in the cities of Riyadh, al-Ahsa and Jeddah where the ban is in place. "There were some cars that drove by. They were surprised, but it was just a glance. It is fine. They are not used to seeing women driving here,” said May al-Sawyan, a protester that uploaded a video to the YouTube channel. Aziza Youssef said that she and four other activists received calls from a top official who has links to the Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, telling them not to drive on October 26th and she reports that two “suspicious cars” have been following her everywhere all day. 3 of 30 members of the advisory council say that there needs to be reconsideration of the ban, there is no law that says women cant have licenses but they are not given them. They must rely on male drivers to get around. A man in favor of the ban said that a medical study shows that driving cars harms a woman’s ovaries.
It is unfortunate that this must be an issue today in the world, a world where we have become so open to new ideas and ways of thinking. As I agree that this ban must be lifted in Saudi Arabia and women have the right to drive when and where they want without a male to accompany them, I think we can’t tell them how to be the people have to change at their own pace and accept this new idea.