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Women driving and the collapse of illusions

Another façade has been torn down in a historic night that buried a scarecrow, which extremists used to terrorize the Saudi society for 30 years.

On that great night, the custodian of the two holy mosques issued a decree that delivered justice to women and granted them one of their basic rights, which is to drive a car. This naturally leads to accomplishments of other rights such as the freedom of movement.

Inability to enjoy these ordinary rights resulted in women suffering serious harm that prevented them from exercising many of their civic rights.

Not allowing women to drive cars prevented many from exercising their right to work as most women are not financially capable of hiring a private driver or giving him part of their salaries. At some point women would figure out that they were working to pay the salaries of the foreign laborer.

We are entering into an era where there is no place for extremism and where the country is washing off the damage caused by hate preachers

Abdulrahman al-Lahim

Paying for the driver

The historic decision allowing women to drive is far bigger than just about women as it encompasses the entire country and its vision for the future.

It confirms that the kingdom is strongly and steadily walking down the right path to achieve an ambitious vision engineered and supervised by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

This vision has become part of the national dream, which many pessimists and figures preaching misery doubted the capability to achieve. The prince however won the duel and we have seen illusions fall one after the other.

We are now entering into a new era for the homeland where there is no place for extremism. It is a country that is washing off the damage caused by hate and death preachers.

This article is also available in Arabic.
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Abdulrahman al-Lahim is a Saudi lawyer and writer. He tweets @allahim.

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Last Update: Friday, 29 September 2017 KSA 12:40 - GMT 09:40
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