The Saudi English language daily, Saudi Gazette writes about the revived driving campaign on October 13, 2014. A link to the story is here, text below.
RIYADH — A group of Saudi women launched a new campaign to be allowed to drive their cars, Al-Hayat daily reported.
The new campaign, called “I Drive by Myself”, reiterates the women’s
calls for freedom of movement and transportation without having to
resort to private drivers.
Dr. Hala Al-Dawsari, member of the campaign, told Al-Hayat daily the
constant campaigns launched by women will eventually lead to two things:
either authorities lift the ban imposed on women who want to drive or
they should provide a good explanation why women are not allowed to get
behind the wheel.
“All active women want one thing: free movement without any cost or social restrictions,” Al-Dawsari said.
There is no written law that explicitly and clearly states that women cannot drive.
Saudi law requires citizens to have valid driver’s licenses when
operating a vehicle inside the country. However, women cannot obtain
driving licenses, making it difficult for them to drive on the road
because they will be breaking the law.
Al-Dawsari presented a working paper about women driving at the Council
of Human Rights in Geneva this month. She launched a campaign
encouraging people to participate in the issue and document their
demands in a bulletin that will be issued on Oct. 26.
The campaign, launched a week ago, has so far attracted 30,000
supporters, Al-Dawsari said, adding that only Saudi women can end the
ban imposed on them.
“Women driving is a legitimate right all over the world and there are no
logical reasons why they should not be allowed to drive,” she said. The
issue is still heavily debated in Saudi society.
Women have been working hard to lift the ban on driving while religious scholars still oppose the idea vehemently.
The voices calling for allowing women to drive increased when June 17,
2011 was set as the date when women would drive their cars on the
However, they had to push the date to June 29 following the death of
then Crown Prince Naif Bin Abdulaziz. In commemoration of the June
campaign, a group of women and men have called on authorities to
reconsider this issue, stressing that they will not violate laws or
cause any trouble to authorities.
They agreed that all they need is to allow a woman who lives alone and
does not have a man to help her to drive to the market and buy her stuff