Sidi Ifni- Maliha Chihab, a Saudi woman, drives her car in Washington to defend women's right to drive in Saudi Arabia and defy driving ban, reported Radio Sawa.
Sidi Ifni- Maliha Chihab, a Saudi woman, drives her car in Washington to defend women’s right to drive in Saudi Arabia and defy driving ban, reported Radio Sawa.
“I am calling on my government to lend ears to the demands of the Saudi woman,” Chihab told Radio Sawa.
Washington-based, this female Saudi writer is determined keep her fight until women in her country realize their “inalienable” right to drive on equal footing as men.
“Women need to drive to run errands. If women didn’t urgently need to drive, campaigns against driving ban in Saudi Arabia wouldn’t come into being,” she noted.
The dream to drive in Saudi Arabia, Chihab explained, continues to be stifled by the authorities.
“I have never sat behind the wheel drive until I arrived in America. Now, I am fully enjoying this right that is unfortunately still being confiscated in my home country,” she recounted.
Chihab added that after experiencing driving in America, she came to realize that using her car has made her life easier.
According to her, some Saudi Sheikhs do not want women to drive their cars and therefore ban driving for “baseless, trivial reasons”.
While some campaigns, including those in the West, have been launched to lift the ban, some other Saudi women continue to show their resistance to this ‘irrational’ ban, Chihab noted.
It is worth mentioning that Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that bans women from driving. The ban has been imposed since 1957. Prior to the ban, Saudi women were able to move freely on camel and horseback.
The car ban was challenged for the first time in 1990 when a group of women drove down a boulevard in Riyad, the country’s capital.Several women were jailed, while others lost their positions in schools and universities.
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