Saudi Women Demand Their Right to Drive

Friday, June 17, 2011

In 1990, a group of women in Saudi Arabia did something almost completely unheard of. They got behind the wheels of their cars and they drove. Afterward, they were severely punished, and both the women and the movement fell quiet. However, last month, a single mother named Manal Al-Shafif picked up the torch. Angry and frustrated, she uploaded footage of herself driving. As with the women before her, she was severely punished. This time, however, the movement did not fall quiet.

Beginning today, women’s rights groups are calling on Saudi women with international driver's licenses to follow Manal’s lead—to drive to their jobs, their doctors appointments, and anywhere else they need to go. Eman Al Nafjan is one of the proponents of the women’s driving movement in Saudi Arabia and has written about it extensively on her Saudiwoman’s Weblog. She joins us from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


Eman Al Nafjan

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]

Alfred Jeffries from Massachewsetts

People: Why drill the woman? One person can make a difference. Look at Rosa Parks she stayed in the front of the the Saudi women want to get into the driver's seat.

As far as speaking up is concerned ...."by the time they came to me there was no one left to speak up, so speak up" -Martin Niemoller

Jun. 17 2011 11:19 AM
jesse mertz

Let these women drive!

Jun. 17 2011 10:34 AM

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