Saudi Royal decree allows women to drive from June’18

 

In a patriarchal country Saudi Arabia as a sign of relief a royal decree announced on Tuesday that it would allow women to drive, from June 2018 ending a longstanding policy that has become a global symbol of the oppression of women in the ultraconservative kingdom.

 This move was announced in royal decree  read live on state television and in a simultaneous media event in Washington. The decision highlights the damage that the ban on women driving has done to the kingdom’s international reputation and its hopes for a public relations benefit from the reform.

Saudi leaders also hope the new policy will help the economy by increasing women’s participation in the workplace. Many working Saudi women spend much of their salaries on drivers or must be driven to work by male relatives.

(Sources: Nytimes by Bharathi S.P. from NewsEye)