www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-13809684 I think it is a good thing. I doubt that anything will change with regard to women's rights there, but anything that draws attention to the hideous conditions that women live under is a good thing. Right?
hope it;'s legalised. awful situation at the moment wiith women either stuck at home or spending MOST of their income on some dodgy male driver or having to rely on willing/available male relative. Abhorrent, primitive culture!
If it is legalised, what are they going to do? The roads will be a nightmare with loads of new women drivers all starting at once. They will probably have to stagger it, say over 30s for a year, then over 25s, then over 21s, then over 17s, or whatever the age is for driving over there.
I think they are very brave - I am constantly astounded by just how brave some of the protesters in the Middle East are! I wish them the very best of luck, and hope they manage to achieve a situation in which it is acceptable for women to drive.
a woman was detained last week for driving and you-tubing it in saudi, her ballsy freind was on 'womans hour' a week or two ago, i thought she was taking a huge risk actually, but yeah, if no one is willing to risk thier life nothing ever changes, i worry for her safety though. i just checked the bbc podcast page and that program has fallen off, shame it was very good , maybe there is a bbc archive ? i dont know .
"Rob, you are joking right? Have you actually been to KSA and seen the level of driving ability? We lived in Oman and drove to the border of KSA. It was frightening." It will be even worse with millions of women suddenly taking to the roads.
It's not just about letting women drive. It's pointless unless there is a real cultural change. Some places, women just can't go on their own. I have been to Saudi and being on the roads was a frightening expereince. Children driving cars sat on cushions so they can see over the steering wheel. And everyone beeps their horns continually. DH had an accident when someone drove into him. But it was automatically his fault as he was a foreigner in their country.
RobF - Did you miss the part about international driving licences? A lot of these women are not new drivers, but have driven abroad. They are not all suddenly going to start learning on the same day or anything. They know how to drive already, they have licences issued in other countries.