Women will be allowed to take the wheel in nine months, a timeframe necessary for the country, where a strict separation of genders is in place, to comply with the necessary bureaucratic and administrative issue and organize driving courses.
The secretary-general of the United Nations has welcomed Saudi Arabia's move allowing women to drive in the ultraconservative kingdom beginning next summer.
The newspaper's editor-in-chief, Faisal J. Abbas, wrote in a front-page editorial that "much can be said in criticism of the illogical ban and the extremely long time it took to reverse it".
Women will be able to obtain a licence without permission from their male guardian and be allowed to drive without a male guardian in the auto. "An important step in the right direction". In Saudi Arabia, only country where women are prohibited from driving, women have been responding to King Selman's protests for years.
Saudi's official press did not detail how granting women the right to drive will operate with respect to that system - for example, whether a man will need to sign off on a woman getting a license or even on taking individual auto trips.
"This is a positive step toward promoting the rights and opportunities of women in Saudi Arabia". "We will continue to support Saudi Arabia in its to efforts to strengthen Saudi society and the economy through reforms like this and the implementation of Saudi Vision 2030", she said in a statement.
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He also detailed the "economic costs" of women having to rely on private drivers or taxis, since public transit is not a viable alternative in the kingdom. "#SaudiArabia", Ivanka, who has 4.62 million followers, posted on Twitter.
A hole was poked in that restriction last week, with women allowed to enter a sports stadium in Riyadh for Saudi National Day - in a family section, away from single men.
There's a lot of work that still needs to be done in order to achieve gender equality in Saudi Arabia.
Speaking on his LBC show, Maajid said: "There are problems with men and access rights in this country, there are problems in the divorce law, there are problems with the case of the student in Oxford who stabbed her boyfriend". He also added, "I think our leadership understands that our society is ready".
"This is the right time to do the right thing", he told reporters in the U.S. Women will be allowed to obtain licenses without the permission of a male relative. He says Saudi Arabia will recognise driver's licenses issued to women in other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
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