Why did Saudi Arabia lift the driving ban on women only now?
by Hana Al-Khamri
June 24, 2018
Starting today, women in Saudi Arabia are finally able to drive legally after a long-standing ban was lifted by a royal decree. The unexpected decision to finally allow women to drive has been welcomed and praised by human rights campaigners across the world since it was first announced in September last year. But there is still one question on many people’s mind: Why did King Salman agree to do this, and why now? READ MORE
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8. They can’t get a fair hearing in court, where ‘the testimony of one man equals that of two women.’ The legal position in Saudi Arabia of a woman is equal to that of a minor, and therefore she has little authority over her own life.