HE­ROES: SAUDI WOMAN DEFIES DRIV­ING BAN

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DE­SPITE CON­TIN­U­ING PROTESTS from cam­paign­ers around the world Saudi Ara­bia main­tains a ban on women driv­ers. But the ban didn’t stop univer­sity stu­dent Ash­waq al-Shamri from jump­ing be­hind the wheel when the driver of her bus suf­fered a stroke.

“He told us that he felt dizzy and then sud­denly stopped,” she says. “My col­leagues tried to give him first aid and I drove to the near­est shop to get him cold wa­ter.” Ash­waq, who was taught to drive at a young age by her father to help with work on their farm, then drove the stricken driver to his house, so rel­a­tives could rush him to hospi­tal in time for him to make a full re­cov­ery. “I am ex­tremely proud of my daugh­ter,” says Ash­waq’s father.

Mean­while, the ‘women to drive’ cam­paign, run by Saudi women, is seek­ing to over­turn the driv­ing ban so women can drive with­out fear of ar­rest.

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