FINALLY: Women In Saudi Arabia Now Allowed To Drive
Women in Saudi Arabia are now legally allowed to drive from Sunday, June 24, 2018.
The ban on women driving had been in place since 1957 in the conservative Muslim kingdom.
Saudi Arabia’s first batch of women car accident inspectors are training to respond to incidents involving female drivers, local media reported on Friday.
Forty women hired by private insurance company Najm attended a celebration on Thursday in the capital Riyadh.
All of them wore black abayas, the traditional loose-fitting robes, and most covered their faces with the conservative niqab as they lined up to receive symbolic diplomas.
Sweeping social reforms pushed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, twinned with an economic overhaul aimed at ending dependency on oil exports, are chipping away at traditional norms.
Much of the kingdom’s overwhelmingly young population supports the reforms, but many Saudis are concerned that changes are happening too fast and fear they could provoke a backlash from religious conservatives once seen as dominant.
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