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28 September 2017, 12:12 | Mandy Simon
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TodaySaudi Arabia has announced that women will be allowed to drive for the first time in the ultra-conservative kingdom next summer, fulfilling a key demand of women's rights activists who faced detention for defying the ban.
But most who used the negative hashtag were women mocking men opposed to them driving.
Cars have been around longer than Saudi Arabia, but women in the 87-year-old kingdom have never been allowed to drive them.
"I think our leadership understands our society is ready", he told reporters. As of that date, the kingdom will no longer be the only country in the world to keep women off the roads.
Following the royal decree, others were quick to point out that true equality in Saudi Arabia is still some way off. Asma Ali Zain tweeted: "Saudi women are "allowed" to drive and we celebrate". Recent months have seen live concert performances in Riyadh - albeit to male-only audiences - while the powers of the once-omnipresent religious police have been curtailed. The committee will make a report in 30 days. The news was announced on live tv in a royal decree while being simultaneously broadcast in Washington, and has been met with a great deal of praise, according to The New York Times - Washington State's spokeswoman Heather Nauert called it "a great step in the right direction for that country".
Saudi women are required to get permission from a male family member, sometimes even a younger brother, for some of the most important decisions of her life. "This was the one file and issue which Saudi women have fought not just years, but decades for".
Play sports and compete in the Olympics - In 2012, Saudi Arabia sent two women to the Olympics and in 2016, it sent four.
"We are trying to increase women's participation in the workforce".
The King decreed that a commission of representatives of the country's Ministries of Internal Affairs, Finance, Labor and Social Development be convened to study the necessary measures to provide women with the right to drive cars. Aziza Youssef, a professor at King Saud University who is one of the most vocal Saudi Arabia's women's rights activists has been following on the matter closely.
In cases of divorce, women are only allowed custody of their children until they reach the age of seven (boys) and nine (girls).
Women need permission from a male family member - her father or husband or someone else - to do things like apply for a passport, travel overseas, and marry, get divorced, open a bank account, get a job or have some types of medical surgery.
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