In a landmark decision, Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it will now allow women to drive for the first time. Saudi Arabia was the only country in the world to restrict women from driving. For years, the ultra-conservative kingdom had attracted negative publicity globally for detaining women who defied the ban.
State-run Saudi Press Agency and state TV reported late Tuesday announcing that a royal order was issued for both men and women to be issued drivers’ licenses. It said a new committee will be formed to implement the new order. Since the 1990s, women’s rights activists have been pushing for the right to drive, arguing that it reflects their larger struggle for equality under the rule of law.