Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban On Women To Drive
By Rita Obi
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has finally lifted the ban on women to drive.
The government has announced its decision to allow women drive and issue them driving licences thereby putting a halt to the long standing policy.
The announcement will take effect in June 2018.
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world than bans women from driving. Up until now only men were given licence and allowed to drive.
Women who have been caught driving have been arrested and remanded in prison.
Some of the officials have given numerous explanations for the ban which has been on for many decades; some said it was inappropriate in their culture, while others said it will lead to promiscuity and driving harms women’s ovaries.
The US President, Donald Trump said it was a positive step towards promoting women’s right.
The country’s US ambassador, Prince Khaled bin Salman, confirmed the news and that women would not have to get male permission to take driving lessons. They can also drive to anywhere they liked.