Women in Saudi Arabia have been campaigning to try and overturn a ban which prevents them from driving.
Currently if a woman is caught behind the wheel of a car she can be arrested. The ban is in place to try and keep some control over women and keep them away from men but what it actually does is causes many practical difficulties and puts them in contact with a male driver almost every day.
King Abdullah has made suggestions that the ban may be reviewed however, this has outraged the conservative religious elite. A well known conservative Muslim scholar; Kamal Subhi has produced a report to suggest allowing women to drive could provoke a surge in prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and divorce.
One Saudi woman said “the report is completely mad”. Many women in Saudi Arabia do not want radical change or the same rights as Western women but want to move forward.
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