The Saudi Gazette reports that the Saudi consultative council, known as the Shoura, appointed by the King, is reconsidering the women driving issue. A link to the story is here and the text is below. This subject has come to the fore, in response to the growing movement of Saudi men and women who are asking for women's right to drive, as well as the questions that have followed the King's recent announcement about women's right to vote and women's imminent appointment as full members of the Shoura.
Shoura reconsidering women driving issue
Al-Khobar — In view of the popular campaign for allowing women to drive in the
Kingdom, the Shoura Council is thoroughly reconsidering the issue, said Dr.
Misha’l Mamdooh Al-Ali, Chairman of the Council’s Human Rights Committee.
Allowing women to drive does not conflict with Islamic law, he said, adding
that the majority of people oppose women driving based on tradition and customs.
“It has nothing to do with religion,” Al-Ali was quoted by Al-Hayat Arabic daily
Many Saudi women say their driving does not contradict the Shariah and there is
no religious reason that prevents them from driving, he added. He said these
women have appointed a lawyer to follow up the issue at the Shoura Council.
“The human rights committee is waiting for the Chairman of the Shoura
Council to study the case and refer it back to the committee,” he said.
Shoura Council will study any issue put on the table as long as it is in the
interest of citizens and residents,” he said. The Shoura Council will allow the
lawyer and his female clients to attend the session when the issue is discussed,
Dr. Al-Ali hoped that Sheikh Abdul Aziz Aal Al-Sheikh, the Grand
Mufti of the Kingdom, and other senior Ulema (scholars) would give their opinion
on the issue. “We will comply with what they say because they know better and
know what is best for us.”
The Shoura Council members are studying the issue
thoroughly from different social, economic and security aspects, he said.
One important goal that his committee seeks to achieve is to ensure that
there are female police so that female drivers are treated with respect, he