Saudi Women Campaign For Right To Drive

May 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

The most controversial YouTube clip in Saudi Arabia this week doesn’t feature obscenity, violence, or sex. It’s an 8-minute video of a woman driving a car.

Technically, Manal al-Sharif didn’t do anything wrong. She has a valid U.S. driver’s license, recognized in Saudi Arabia, and she had her brother’s permission as well as her brother himself beside her as her requisite accompanying male relative.

Yet Saudi police arrested and imprisoned Manal for eight days for defying a long-standing ban against women driving. Manal’s act of protest is part of a historic campaign encouraging Saudi women to begin driving en masse on June 17.

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