The head of the Saudi religious police, Sheikh Abdulatif al-Sheikh, recently made public statements revealing that there was nothing in Shariah Law that prohibits women from driving.
Steps towards progress
As the kingdom celebrates its National Day on Monday, it is about time the ban on women driving is addressed seriously and profoundly.Faisal J. Abbas
Indeed, under King Abdullah – the current monarch – we saw the appointment of the first-ever female member of the Council of Ministers. We also saw thousands of female students sent abroad to continue their higher education and a decree allowing women to vote in municipal elections starting in 2015. Earlier this year, we saw the Saudi Shura Council (the consultative assembly which advises the Saudi government) swearing in 30 female members for the first time.