In Saudi Arabia, where it is illegal for women to be behind the wheel, two women have been arrested for driving their cars.
Two activists for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia were arrested for violating the ban against female drivers in the muslim nation and authorities have extended their time in jail. One of the women, 25-year-old Loujain al-Hathloul, drove across the border in Saudi Arabia from the neighboring United Arab Emirates where she holds a valid drivers license.
As an act of protest, she filmed herself driving across the border in support of the grass roots effort that began last October aimed at over turning the restrictive ban and allowing women more freedom and autonomy over their own lives in the nation. The video was uploaded to YouTube in “an effort to sustain the campaign for women’s driving” on November 30. She was then arrested by officials in Saudi Arabia the following day on December 1.
Reports have indicated that a second woman and fellow activist of al-Hathloul, 33-year-old Maysa al-Amoudi, was also arrested in Saudi Arabia for violating the driving ban. (snip)
While many reasons have been given for Saudi Arabia’s ban against women driving, perhaps the most controversial of all statements aimed at discouraging women from getting behind the wheel was one made by the Private Attorney General and the Psychological Advisor of the Psychological Association in the Gulf states which he claimed that driving would harm women’s ovaries, deform their pelvis and lead to birth defects.
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