There's no actual law against women driving in Saudi Arabia
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The United States said on Monday it supports the "universal rights" of women to drive in Saudi Arabia, after a weekend protest there saw several women defy the law by taking the steering wheel.
Why Should Women Drive in Saudi Arabia
Though no laws ban women from driving in Saudi Arabia, authorities do not issue them licenses. Women who drove on Saturday had driver’s licenses from abroad, activists said.
Technically, it's not illegal for women to drive in Saudi Arabia. There are no specific traffic laws against female drivers, , but religious edicts are often interpreted as forbidding the practice. When reports emerged that the Shura council had recommended a partial lifting on the ban on female drivers in Saudi Arabia the prospect alone took the world by surprise.
Saudi Arabia is the only country on the globe where authorities refuse to grant women driving licenses. But there is growing support in the kingdom for reform.
Excitement soon turned to disappointment, however, when hours later, Mohammad al-Muhanna, a Shura council spokesman, denied the reports. No one now knows for certain whether the recommendation was issued or not.
One is at a loss trying to understand those who believe they can stand against the power of life. Those who oppose women driving defend something that cannot be justified by religion, logic or practice.
What do those Saudis who stand against women’s rights in this field think about their neighbours in the Gulf who allow their women to drive? Particularly since their neighbours’ laws are also based on Islam, and abide by the principles of Gulf culture. Like Saudi Arabia, these countries are still deeply conservative, respect the teachings of Islam, and use the legacy of tradition to enforce discipline and morality.
So what exactly do those who oppose women driving in Saudi Arabia object to, when in other Gulf countries women have driven for decades?