Under the Black Blanket

02/07/12

Saudi Women File Suit To Drive

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Courage in Action:

As Manal al-Sharif told us in Cairo last month, she and other women have now challenged Saudi authorities to prove that forbidding women from driving is in fact "a custom" and not a law, by suing to get their drivers' licenses. A court accepted the case and you can
read the whole story here at the Wall Street Journal today.

From the story:

RIYADH--A court in Saudi Arabia agreed to hear the first lawsuits by Saudi women challenging the kingdom's de facto ban on women driving, a lawyer for one of the women said.

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Saudi women wait for their drivers at a Riyadh mall in September.

The legal push is a shift by activists after years of simply appealing to Saudi leaders for permission to drive and, more rarely, taking to the roads in small numbers to test enforcement.

Since mid-2011, the limited push to win women the right to drive has been one of the few fronts in a country largely bypassed by the Arab Spring activist movements of the past year.

The lawsuits, one of them by Manal al-Sharif, who founded small movement last year called Women2Drive, risk a backlash from the public and officials in the conservative kingdom.
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