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« on: Aug 22, 2008 11:41 AM »


RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — When Ruwaida al-Habis' father and two brothers were badly burned in a fire, she had no choice but to break Saudi Arabia's ban on women drivers to get them to a clinic.

Using the driving skills her father taught her on the family farm, al-Habis managed to reach the clinic's emergency entrance without a hitch.

"When I pulled up, a crowd of people surrounded the car and stared as if they were seeing extraterrestrial beings," the 20-year-old university student told The Associated Press. "Instead of focusing on the burn victims, the nurses kept repeating, 'You drove them here?'"

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that bans all women — Saudi and foreign — from driving. The prohibition forces families to hire live-in drivers, and women who cannot afford the $300-$400 a month for a driver must rely on male relatives to drive them to work, school, shopping or the doctor.

But there are signs support for the ban is eroding.

Al-Habis' story was first published in one of the biggest Saudi...

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« Reply #1 on: Aug 22, 2008 09:33 PM »


The ban is just very annoying.

Didnt the sahaba women ride camels ect?!

yes statistics show that women get into more accidents than men but it also shows that men get into the worse accidents (where death is involved) so shouldnt men be the gender that is banned from driving?;-)
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« Reply #2 on: Aug 23, 2008 07:28 AM »

i hear it'll start off as timing-based. women can only drive from 9-12 or something (when all the men are at work, and traffic is low).  mall hours, basically.

all i can really say is  woohoo

it's incredibly difficult to get anything done otherwise.  we do our grocery shopping after isha... it is a very draining process at that hour.
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« Reply #3 on: Aug 23, 2008 12:29 PM »


Well finally, it was bound to happen. Ex wouldnt let me drive so I'd do the only sensible thing, instead of bundling up two tiny children and trekking miles to get a pint of milk I'd ask him to pick up groceries and stuff as he came home from the end he was begging me to get my license.

It makes no sense not to allow women to drive, unless the aim of the ban is to make everyones life miserable all round.

Oh and I've read statistics which state that women are safer drivers....go figure!


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« Reply #4 on: Aug 25, 2008 02:54 PM »

What always bothers me is that the emphasis is always on Saudi not permitting women to drive as if this is yet another example of female oppression in Islam while at the same time people generally ignore the fact that is many ultra orthodox Jewish communities (including those in the US) women are also banned from driving which proves that it's not just Muslim women who are subjected to this manner of oppression.

Men tend to be more aggressive drivers and prone to taking more risks whereas women tend to be more defensive drivers usually because they are the ones transporting children around and have those additional lives to be concerned about. 

If I had it my way I'd probably not drive because there are too many idiots out there but I also know that I would then have a difficult time doing for my children since there's no one else around to drive for me or get the things needed. 

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