Follow Up: Women Fight for Their Right to Drive in Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Around the world, driving is a common part of a woman's everyday life, but in Saudi Arabia, religious edicts prevent women from being able to practice this simple act—even though it’s not technically illegal for them to do so. Saudi women decided to quietly and peacefully revolt last Friday, by driving. Many drove their cars, or rode with other female friends who hold international drivers’ licenses; and they plan to continue doing so in the days and weeks ahead.

Eman Al Nafjan, the author of the Saudiwoman’s Weblog, is one of these women. We talked with her Friday, before she got into a female friend’s car for a drive, and we’re following up with her today to hear how it went. She joins us from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Below: Video that Eman took on Friday as she and her female friends and children drove around Riyadh.


Eman Al Nafjan

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [1]

ramadan from malta

We reserve the right in the liberation of women in Saudi Arabia for the dignity of inhibiting the car did not deprive them of God

Jun. 22 2011 01:18 PM

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