The first protest by Saudi women driving on the streets of Riyadh took place more than two decades ago when a group of around 20 women drove around the capital for around an hour on Nov. 6, 1990, before being stopped and arrested by traffic police. Their male guardians were subsequently made to sign undertakings that these women would never drive again, and the women had their passports confiscated and were suspended from their jobs. Only more than year later were they allowed to return to their jobs and had their passports returned. Thousands of pamphlets naming them and their husbands, and calling them “whores” and “pimps”, were widely distributed across the city outside mosques and other public places.
The most visible courageous face and voice for the right of Saudi women to drive is Manal Al Sharif; a 33 year old wife and mother of a son. She is highly educated and works in the field of computer science and software development. She has won several awards for her professional work and now for her activism to free Saudi women from the iron fist of the Shura Council.
Saudi women practice driving in bumper cars
For its part, BBC News website ran a story entitled “Prince Alwaleed says women driving ban hurts Saudi economy.” In it, Prince Alwaleed was quoted as saying that “it is high time that Saudi women started driving their cars.”
I have been driving for 24 years. In that 24 years I have been raped while driving 0 times. According to Saudi Arabia women who drive are women who get raped. Even the person interviewing the Saudi Arabian “Historian” can barely hold her laughter in while the “historian” speaks. His claim is that women are treated like queens as they have a father, or brother, or son, or even a nephew to drive them anywhere they would like to go all she has to do is wave her hand.In a long-worded article titled “It is high-time that Saudi women started driving their cars” the businessman argued that the ban was an “infringement on a woman’s rights”.