Sign Petition Asking King Abdullah To Grant Saudi Women The Right To Drive

Via @Saudiwoman aka Eman Al-Nafjan, who says that, “Voting rights without driving rights is not enough.”

The petition also has an explanation in Arabic. Below the English explanation is a link to sign the petition.

If Saudi women are granted the right to drive, insha’Allah it will open the door for non-Saudi women to drive in Saudi Arabia.

Please spread it from your home, to your family/friends and around the world.

Thank you, Tara Umm Omar

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT (as cited in the petition)

We, the women of Saudi Arabia and our concerned supporters across the globe, call on Custodian of the Holy Mosques King Abdullah to immediately resolve the issue of women driving cars and support women’s right to drive in Saudi Arabia.

On September 25, you opened an important national dialogue on women’s rights by formally including women in the Saudi electoral process. This is a welcome development, we thank you for your leadership on this issue, and look forward to Saudi women’s participation in the electoral process.

Now, we ask you use the momentum of your announcement to take a step further by granting the women of our country the right to drive.

Senior Saudi Islamic scholars have reported that there is no religious reason to prevent women from driving and a ban on women driving cars is not even found in the text of any Saudi legal statute. Yet the reality is that women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia.

Not only have tens of thousands of Saudi citizens called on you to grant Saudi women the right to drive, but international leaders across the globe have demanded action as well. In response to Saudi Women for Driving’s international campaigns, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton spoke out: “What these women are doing is brave, and what they are seeking is right, I’m moved by it [the campaign] and I support them.” Clinton’s EU counterpart High Representative Catherine Ashton also spoke out: “The EU supports people who stand up for their right to equal treatment, wherever they are. The Saudi women who are taking to the road are exercising their right to demand that equality. They are courageous and have the High Representative’s support.”

Saudi Arabia, one of the strongest and longest standing US allies in the Middle East, is also the only country on earth where women are not allowed to drive and often dubbed ‘the world’s largest women’s prison’. Our lack of freedom of movement places an extreme burden on our lives. We lack a public transportation system and the most basic errands and medical appointments are missed due to the difficulty and expenses of arranging transportation, notwithstanding educational and work opportunities.

King Abdullah: you have the weight of the world supporting you to take this unprecedented step forward in Saudi Arabia. This is your opportunity to show the world your commitment to a modern Saudi Arabia for all of its citizens.

As the world watches, we call on you directly to do the right thing: grant Saudi women the right to drive.

Sign the petition here.

Photo Credit: Maha Taher

***If you support Saudi women’s right to drive, participate in the viral Honk For Saudi Women video campaign. Say you support Saudi women’s driving rights, honk, upload the video to YouTube, and send the link to honkforsaudiwomen@gmail.com. Your video will join others from supporters worldwide on the channel Honk For Saudi Women.*** 

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Tara Umm Omar

American married to a Saudi.

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