Thursday, February 24, 2011

Letter to editor against women driving - More public transport

The link above is to a letter to the editor of the Arab News written by Sarah Riaz. She is against women driving, due to the already bad traffic issues in Saudi Arabia. She suggests more public transportation. She also writes that women shouldn't drive for religious reasons. I'm including the story because the arguments against women driving are still out there, even among women.

Link to the title of this entry to read the story, and be sure to check out the story's comments.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Girl in men's clothes caught driving in Saudi

Emirates 24/7 reports that the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice  (CPVPV) caught a girl driving a car dressed as a man in Saudi Arabia's southern Asir province. She was driving in a 'speeding motorcade of cars'. When neighbors complained, the CPVPV went after the motorcade but only stopped one car, which was being driven by a girl dressed in men's clothes. They reportedly took her away for questioning.

Click on the title of this entry to read the full story.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Petition to lift ban on women driving

Sarah Abdullah writes in the Arab News about the petition that Saudi businessman and economist Abdullah Alami organized and submitted to the Shura Council. The petition asks that the Shura Council study the permanent ban on women driving, which he supports.

Link to the story from the title of this post.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Women drivers can solve problems

This article originally appeared in the Arabic newspaper al-Madina - and was translated and printed in the Arab News (link to the text in the title). Writer Muhammad Areef proposes the idea that if women drove, then there would be fewer domestic workers in Saudi Arabia and Saudi's would do more work at home themselves. At the end of the article he suggests that foreign women domestic workers be used as drivers. The comments following the article are very interesting.
Read the article by clicking on the title above.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Away from the cities, Saudi women take to the roads

Great article by Rob Wagner of the Media Line about the facts on the ground re: Saudi women driving in rural areas. The gist of it is that many more Saudi women are driving that you'd think. Rob Wagner is a freelance journalist who sells his stories to newspapers directly. Read the piece by clicking on the link above - it was published in the Jerusalem Post.