Monday, February 27, 2017

Syrian woman caught driving a car in Saudi Arabia

The Gulf Daily News printed a report from Riyadh dated 2/27/17. The text is pasted below and a link to the story is here. It is common for women to drive in rural areas, including the southwestern Asir region. The story does not explain whether this incident took place in a city.


Riyadh: A young Syrian woman was caught driving a car and listening to music in the province of Asir.

The 24-year-old woman who lives in Abha, was driving the Toyota Hilux, in the company of her family members, reported Almarsd.

A citizen spotted her sitting behind the steering wheel and alerted the traffic police officers who arrested her and referred her to the authorities.

The woman was later released and handed over to her family after signing an undertaking not to flout the Saudi laws which ban women from driving.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

San Francisco Protest of Uber on February 9, 2017

Today I heard from Michael Stone about an upcoming protest to be held in San Francisco on Thursday, February 9, 2017 regarding Saudi women driving and Uber. His message is below. His message includes links - to sign a petition and learn about the event from the facebook page.


I have enjoyed some recent blog posts of yours regarding Saudi Women Drivers.

We thought you might be interested in an upcoming protest created by Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK and author of Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection.

On Thursday, 9 February, at 1pm, CODEPINK & supporters will deliver a petition signed by over four thousand people to Uber's San Francisco headquarters. The petition demands that CEO Travis Kalanick call on the King of Saudi Arabia to lift the ban on women driving!

The event:

The petition:

We hope you write about the action! Thank you very much for all you do.

Michael Stone
San Francisco