Saudi king asked to lift female driving ban


Hundreds of people have petitioned Saudi King Abdullah to allow women to get behind the wheel on the first anniversary of the Women2Drive campaign launched in June 2011.
The signatories, who numbered nearly 600 on Wednesday, are asking the king of the only country in the world that forbids women to drive to “encourage women who have obtained driving licences from neighbouring countries to begin driving whenever necessary.”
They also called on the monarch to “establish driving schools for women and (begin) issuing licences.”
The petition thanked the king, a cautious reformer, for giving women the right to vote in municipal elections set to take place in 2015, saying “our initiative is not aimed at violating laws.”
“We only want to enjoy the right to drive like all women over the world,” said the petition signed by Manal al-Sherif, the icon of an Internet campaign launched last year urging Saudi women to defy the driving ban.


  1. His Majesty is a wise and caring man. I hope he grants the request and allows women to drive.

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