Till date, Saudi Arabia remains as the only country that doesn’t allow women to drive.
However, that may all come to pass after a member of the Saudi royal family broke away from the long-established tradition and called for the country to allow women to drive.
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal posted a letter he penned on Tuesday titled “It is High Time that Saudi Women Started Driving their Cars,” to his Twitter account, explaining why it is important to allow women to drive cars in Saudi Arabia.
حان وقت قيادة المرأة للسيارةhttps://t.co/BBgyF8i1Gs
Stop the debate:
Time for women to drivehttps://t.co/6KAniFa4BT
— الوليد بن طلال (@Alwaleed_Talal) November 29, 2016
Alwaleed listed the financial, economic, social, religious, and political factors on why women should be allowed to drive there.
Alwaleed explained in terms of convenience, saying that women had to take taxis and men having to leave work obligations to drive to and from places as they attend to family matters, like the clinic, can prove to be cumbersome.
Alwaleed wrote that allowing women to drive cars would lead to job growth, and noted that driving these days, comes as a “necessity,” not a “social luxury” as it has been in the past – writing that there’s an “urgent social demand predicated upon current economic circumstances”.
“Preventing a woman from driving a car today is an issue of rights similar to the one that forbade her from receiving an education or having an independent identity,” he added
However, Alwaleed’s beliefs are vastly disparate from the Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud who in April, said that he’s “not convinced about women driving”, citing social, not religious, reasons for his opinion.
Cited from Time