Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Female drivers to circle Saudi Embassy in DC to protest kingdom's ban on women behind wheel

By Associated Press, Updated: Wednesday, June 15, 5:42 AM

WASHINGTON — An unusual protest is scheduled for Washington as women plan to drive around the Saudi Embassy to protest the kingdom’s ban on female drivers.

The Institute for Gulf Affairs, which is sponsoring Wednesday’s rally, accuses Saudi Arabia of a system of gender apartheid that oppresses women — most noticeably by refusing to allow women behind the wheel.

The protest will run from noon to 4 p.m. outside the embassy in Foggy Bottom. It is designed to coincide with a protest planned for Friday inside the kingdom itself.

Link to story in the Washington Post here

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