Saudi women rejoice at end of driving ban
Saudi Arabia will never be the same again. The rain begins with a single drop Manal Al Sharif, who was arrested in 2011 after a driving protest
RIYADH: Saudi Arabian women awoke to news of a royal decree permitting them to drive starting next year - and some were already behind the wheel on Wednesday, even though licences will not be issued for nine months.
“Saudi Arabia will never be the same again. The rain begins with a single drop,” Manal Al Sharif, who was arrested in 2011 after a driving protest, said in an online statement. Online videos showed a handful of women driving cars overnight, after Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s decree was announced late on Tuesday.
“I wish I could translate my feelings right now. I feel like no one can understand it fully but us,” said Abeer Alarjani, 32, who plans to start driving lessons this weekend. “Now I’ll finally dare to dream for more.”
Meanwhile, a Saudi woman has been named to a senior government post for the first time, authorities said on Wednesday.
Eman Al Ghamidi was given the post “as part of plan to boost the number of females in leadership positions in line with Vision 2030”, the Center for International Communication at the Ministry of Culture and Information said in a statement. Full story @ timesofoman.com/world
NEW ERA: Saudi women speak on phones in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.