Women across Saudi Arabia today woke up to a new country, one in which they could drive freely after the lifting of a decades-old ban on women driving.
Saudi women were officially able to drive at the stroke of midnight on June 24 as a royal decree granting them the right to drivers’ licenses came into effect.
Al-Ghanim told Al Arabiya English said that being able to depend on herself is “liberating.”
Manal Zabalawi, one of the first Saudi women to publicly learn how to drive a few years ago, said: "We are ready to sit behind the wheel. I congratulate Saudi women and Saudi society on this huge,” she said, with her daughter Farah by her side.
Farah with her mother, Manal