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Women braving driving ban in Saudi Arabia

Source: Reuters - Sat, 26 Oct 2013 21:40 PM
Author: Reuters
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In a country where men rule the road, some women are grabbing life by the wheel.

A campaign in Saudi Arabia is putting women behind the wheel to protest the country's ban on female drivers.

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SHOT FROM MOVING CAR, WOMAN WEARING NIQAB DRIVING CAR, SAYING:

"We are on Al Najah Street. I am taking my sisters to do some of their work instead of waiting for the driver or someone to take them."

This video from the Women Driving Campaign appears to show a woman driving in al-Ahsa in the country's east.

The issue is extremely sensitive in the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom, especially among men.

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MALE SAUDI CITIZEN, ABDULLAH AL-DAKHEEL, SAYING:

"Why are there these demonstrations and campaigns for driving when women don't need to drive? Women go to school with a private driver and back with a private driver and go everywhere and do everything they need with a private driver. There is no reason for them to drive."

Organizers reported phone calls from the Interior Ministry warning households about the ban.

Mosques even broadcast sermons on Friday telling women to stay at home.

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