The Saudi authorities have stepped in to temper the momentum of Saudi Women for Driving. It is against religious law for women to drive in the Arabian country, a fact of life that Saudi women have now decided to fight. The campaign began earlier this year, headed by Manal al-Sharif, with a video she produced and her taking to the streets behind the wheel of a car, then with a plea to Subaru to stop selling cars in The Kingdom. In early June, 40 Saudi women drove en masse, in an escalation of their efforts, and since then scores more have driven through the capital and other cities.

The authorities didn't respond to those provocations, but they have to this latest one: five women were arrested while driving in the coastal city of Jiddah. There's been no update on their situation, with another rights activist only able to wonder, "We aren't sure what it means at this point and whether this is the start of a harder line by the government against the campaign."


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      Swordman
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure it's not against Islamic Law to drive. It's just against Arabic Law. There is a world of difference.
      LiteNRG1
      • 3 Years Ago
      YEAH! Fight the power!
      Nate22
      • 3 Years Ago
      Driving is the first step to getting a job outside the home! Next thing you know they will be allowed to vote or leave the house without a male escort (family only of course) or even take off the covering. Actually some of the arguments against driving are that a woman would have to remove her head covering to see well and that a woman would be exposed to non-relative males if they got into an accident etc.
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      And this is exactly why these Arabic countries have riots and are deposing their despot rulers. Rules like this are meant to be broken!
      jaazani
      • 3 Years Ago
      i understand wanting equal rights, but im sure there are more important rights. last time i checked the rape laws were horrific.
        zzRedwing
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jaazani
        +1. It's apparently the woman's fault if they got raped because they "coerced" the man to commit the act. Basically, you can rape any woman in Saudi and the government is perfectly cool with it. The problem is figuring out whether it's a woman or a man behind the veil.
        Brex
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jaazani
        It's not acceptable to accept one oppressive law simply because there are others that are worse. Plus, it's easier for them to demonstrate against a driving ban by driving than it is for them to demonstrate against lax rape laws.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Firefly
        • 3 Years Ago
        ...or in the U.S married to people that have no problem letting them use the Honda once in a while...
      Ismael Peralta
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those guys are about the worse enemies the US and the UK have. Unfortunately, we are their enabler... We need to stop sending our money to those ass hats.
      TangoR34
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is NOT a religious law that women can't drive. It's neighbor islamic countries even allow women to drive. Those Saudi activist are claiming there is no such ban in the Sharia law and decides to fight and make a point this way.
        TruthHertz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TangoR34
        No, but it is Islamic custom to treat women like property and usually the laws are not in their favor. A women for certain crimes will be put to death, but a male would simply be flogged or imprisoned. Women still have few rights regardless.
          TruthHertz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TruthHertz
          Yep, and they are all world super powers. I know because all my Nike sneakers come from children in sweat shops courtesy of Indonesia and Malaysia. Great countries. Don't even get me started on Lebanon. You hear about UN troops getting blown up every other week in that hell hole. Try again...
          skeetnips
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TruthHertz
          As ignorant as your statement is, it's best to subside your opinion on a religion you are not a member of. It is not islamic custom that women are treated like property, it is actually CULTURAL customs. Even though someone not from the Middle East might generalize the entire region, different countries with their different cultures respect and treat their women differently.
          skeetnips
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TruthHertz
          LEBANON, INDONESIA, MALAYSIA off the top of my head! I'll give you more shots of STFU if you're not plastered off ingnorance yet :)
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh boy, those crazy feminists.... Seriously though, because there's absolutely no separation between church (err... Mosque?) and state in that area and because the religion is so conservative/fundamental, it is very difficult to make any progress as far as human rights go. One on hand, I find it difficult to claim the act of driving as a "right" (it's not, it's a privilege, just like here for us in the U.S.), but on the other hand, the blatant discrimination against the women in that area is disgusting. Just my 2 cents
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      " Well, I can't hear a thing! Let's go to the stoning."
      Silly Pickle
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dunno...she looks like she may even be quite pretty...so then I would serenade her with my rendition of "Baby You Can Drive My Car"...maybe she'd move to Canada (not if I sang)...lose the scarf ('cept in winter of course) and be free to drive all she wanted. But not too much. Gas aint cheap here ya know! Or maybe it's just that this makes me feel like singing that song...she would probably rather stay there.
        WheelMcCoy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Silly Pickle
        Rebels do seem to have a higher level attraction to the opposite sex. :)
      jaazani
      • 3 Years Ago
      she's driving a lexus? why doesnt she drive a subaru? getting arrested driving a subaru should really grab the attention of the company they want to help them.
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