For many women in Saudi Arabia, this is a huge milestone and it means they can get behind the wheel of a car and drive in public for the first time in their lives. This is something that we take for granted…if we want to drive, we take our driving test, pass and then drive, freely, whenever we like and wherever we like.
It was the only country left in the world where women were not allowed to drive and families had to hire private chauffeurs and drivers for their female relatives.
However, the move comes amid an intensified and strict crackdown on all those activists who campaigned for the right to drive.
Human rights group Amnesty International has reported that at least eight women’s rights activists are being detained and could face trial in a counter-terrorism court and long prison sentences for their activism.
It is a wonderful and momentous moment in history which for the women of Saudi will be long remembered and celebrated.