June 17th is here and according to the Saudi Women to Drive Campaign, Saudi women will start driving their cars themselves from today onward. Last time Saudi women sat in the drivers seat was in a protest back in 1990.
I’m so excited about this and wish I could participate but this is a cause for the Saudi women to fight themselves. They don’t need help from foreigners; they can do it themselves! And they need to show the men in this country that it can and will be done. Women in Saudi-Arabia will sit in the driver’s seat. No more suffering from nasty drivers and running after taxis!
I think the main reason why Saudi women haven’t driven so far is fear. Fear from the women’s side that something awful will happen to them and fear of going against the law. But after Manal Alsherif’s example women have become more confident and determined that now is the time to end the ban on women driving. Manal was not arrested for driving but they charged her for other reasons. Saudi men on the other hand fear giving their women rights equal to theirs. They are literally afraid of setting their women free.
But why are some Saudi men so afraid of their women? Because they have all reasons to! Saudi women are intelligent, creative, determined, educated and ambitious. If given equal opportunities in the labor market, the women might be better at some jobs that men now hold, or even become their bosses! Some insecure Saudi men could not handle that.
Why was there a ban in the first place? Women driving cars is not haram (forbidden). There is no proof of this from Quran or Hadith, it’s actually quite the contrary. Apparently, the late sheikh Bin Baz said women shouldn’t be allowed to drive cars, and even went and issued a fatwa(religious ruling) on it.
Saudi women have started driving as we speak. Some poor insecure Saudi men must be peeing their pants. They can no longer control the women’s movements like before! Some losers even started a campaign on Facebook calling for the beating of women who dare to start driving! What weaklings. Really I feel sorry for men like this who don’t even have the balls to let their womenfolk drive cars. Seriously I even feel a bit sorry for them.. No wait-I don’t!
Some spineless men try to desperately convince themselves that women driving is “not important” or “insignificant to women’s rights” etc nonsense, saying that there are other much more important issues that need to be solved. Well here’s a newsflash for you men out there: By saying women driving is such a small insignificant thing, you are actually making it a big deal. Because if you really thought it’s so unimportant then why do you even care if women started driving? Since you think women driving in KSA is secondary to other causes why not solve it then and get it out of the way of the more important women’s rights issues like improving justice system, updating mahrem system, or unemployment issues for starters??
Can you answer that? I didn’t think so.
The Shoura council has dismissed the issue of women driving as irrelevant, despite that they have been approached with two petitions they refused to discuss the issue.
I wish all the brave Saudi women out there all the best of luck! Remember to buckle up and stay safe.