Grant Saudi Women the Right to Drive
  • Petitioned Muhammad ibn Abd al-Karim bin Abdul Aziz Al-Essa

This petition was delivered to:

Saudi Minister of Justice
Muhammad ibn Abd al-Karim bin Abdul Aziz Al-Essa
King Abdullah
Saudi Minister of Interior
Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud
Saudi Minister of Culture and Information
Dr Abdulaziz Khoja

Grant Saudi Women the Right to Drive

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      Saudi Women for Driving سعوديات يطالبن بالقيادة

We, the women of Saudi Arabia and our concerned supporters across the globe, call on Custodian of the Holy Mosques King Abdullah to immediately resolve the issue of women driving cars and support women’s right to drive in Saudi Arabia. 

On September 25, you opened an important national dialogue on women’s rights by formally including women in the Saudi electoral process. This is a welcome development, we thank you for your leadership on this issue, and look forward to Saudi women’s participation in the electoral process.
 
Now, we ask you use the momentum of your announcement to take a step further by granting the women of our country the right to drive.
 
Senior Saudi Islamic scholars have reported that there is no religious reason to prevent women from driving and a ban on women driving cars is not even found in the text of any Saudi legal statute. Yet the reality is that women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia.
 
Not only have tens of thousands of Saudi citizens called on you to grant Saudi women the right to drive, but international leaders across the globe have demanded action as well. In response to Saudi Women for Driving’s international campaigns, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton spoke out: “What these women are doing is brave, and what they are seeking is right, I'm moved by it [the campaign] and I support them." Clinton’s EU counterpart High Representative Catherine Ashton also spoke out: “The EU supports people who stand up for their right to equal treatment, wherever they are. The Saudi women who are taking to the road are exercising their right to demand that equality. They are courageous and have the High Representative's support.”
 
Saudi Arabia, one of the strongest and longest standing US allies in the Middle East, is also the only country on earth where women are not allowed to drive and often dubbed ‘the world's largest women's prison’. Our lack of freedom of movement places an extreme burden on our lives. We lack a public transportation system and the most basic errands and medical appointments are missed due to the difficulty and expenses of arranging transportation, notwithstanding educational and work opportunities.

King Abdullah: you have the weight of the world supporting you to take this unprecedented step forward in Saudi Arabia.  This is your opportunity to show the world your commitment to a modern Saudi Arabia for all of its citizens.

As the world watches, we call on you directly to do the right thing: grant Saudi women the right to drive.

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نحن نساء المملكة العربية السعودية وكل من يدعمنا حول العالم, نتقدم إلى خادم الحرمين الشريفين الملك عبد الله بن عبد العزيز منادين بحل قضية قيادة المرأة للسيارة ودعم حق المرأة بقيادة المرأة للسيارة في الملكة العربية السعودية.

في الخامس والعشرين من سبتمبرالحالي قمتم بفتح قناة وطنية هامة للحوار حول حقوق المرأة عندما تكرمتم بضم النساء رسميا إلى ممارسة النشاط الانتخابي في المجالس البلدية. وهو تطور رائع نرحب به ونشكر مقامكم الكريم على الدور القيادي الذي قمتم به في هذا المجال.

نأمل منكم التكرم بالاستمرار في دعمكم الأبوي واغتنام زخم هذه اللفتة الكريمة بالسماح لنساء هذا الوطن بقيادة السيارة. 

رغم ما أشار إليه عدد من العلماء في المملكة إلى عدم وجود ما يمنع قيادة المرأة للسيارة في عقيدتنا السمحاء, ورغم عدم وجود أي نص مانع لقيادة المرأة للسيارة في أنظمة المملكة العربية السعودية , لا يسمح للنساء بالقيادة في المملكة. 

تقدم الآلاف من المواطنين السعوديين إلى مقامكم الكريم يلتمسون السماح للمرأة بقيادة السيارة في المملكة, إضافة إلى مطالبة العديد من القيادات الدولية حول العالم باتخاذ إجراء إيجابي بهذا الصدد. في استجابة للحملات الدولية الداعمة لحركة قيادة المرأة السعودية أفادت وزيرة الخارجية الأمريكية السيدة هيلاري كلينتون بالتالي: " إن ما تقوم به تلك السيدات هو أمر يتحلى بالشجاعة وما يسعين إليه هو أمر حق ومطلب صحيح, لقد تأثرت كثيرا بحملتهن وأدعمهن" . كما تحدثت ممثل الاتحاد الأوروبي الأعلى وهي العضو المكافئ للسيدة كلينتون في الاتحاد الأوروبي, السيدة كاثرين أشتون قائلة: "يدعم الاتحاد الأوروبي الأشخاص الذين يطالبون بحقوقهم في المساواة أينما كانو إن النساء السعوديات اللاتي قمن بقادة سياراتهن يمارسن حقهن بالمطالبة بالمساواة. إنهن شجاعات ولهن كامل دعم الممثل الأعلى للاتحاد الأوروبي" 

المملكة العربية السعودية, من أقوى وأقدم حلفاء الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية في الشرق الأوسط هي أيضا البلد الوحيد في العالم الذي لا يسمح فيه للمرأة بقيادة السيارة ويطلق عليها أحيانا " أكبر سجن نسائي في العالم" إن عدم حرية تحركنا يضع عبئا كبيرا على حيواتنا. إذ أنا عدم وجود أي نظام نقل عام في المدن السعودية يؤدي إلى عدم تمكننا من أداء أبسط المهام إضافة إلى التخلف عن المواعيد الطبية لنا ولأطفالنا لصعوبة  وتكلفة ترتيب وسيلة نقل, ناهيك عن فقدان العديد من الفرص التعليمية والوظيفية لهذا السبب..

يا خادم الحرمين الشريفين, لديكم دعم العالم بأجمعه لاتخاذ هذه الخطوة التقدمية الجبارة في المملكة العربية السعودية. هذه هي فرصة ثمينة لإطلاع العالم بأجمعه مدى إلتزامكم إلى نقل المملكة بجميع مواطنيها ذكورا وأناث إلى مصاف الدول المتحضرة.

 

 

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      • almost 3 years ago

      They need to drive to do errands for themselves and their family.Not everyone can afford drivers to do things for them.It is a big burden for the most of the men to drive for their women,all the time.It would be easier for everyone.

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      • almost 3 years ago

      They need to drive to do errands for themselves and their family.Not everyone can afford drivers to do things for them.It is a great burden for the men to drive for their women,all the time.It would be good for everyone.

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    • Irma Tamez SAN ANTONIO, UNITED STATES
      • almost 3 years ago

      Women should be able to drive if they chose to in Saudi Arabia as there is no Islamic law that says a woman isn't allowed to drive. It's strictly cultural.

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    • Linda Andrews CANTERBURY, CT
      • almost 3 years ago

      Although I personally believe that driving is a privilege, not a right, I also believe that it's a privilege that should be enjoyed by all responsible citizens, regardless of their gender, or where they live.

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    • Eloisa Hernández BARCELONA, UNITED STATES
      • almost 3 years ago

      his is a letter for the government of Saudi Arabia and the King Abdullah:

      First my english isn't good but I'm going to try.

      I am a woman from Barcelona, a woman with a normal life, not rich or very poor. After this letter I hope your don't cut my head, mister king.

      I can't understand why women can't drive. I can't understand why women must use black clothes and I can't understand a lot of things.

      I don't want be rude or "not" respectful but how can these woman to see with the niqab?. Why black clothes in a hot country? A country with temperatures about 40-50C. Black clothes take all the Sun. Women Saudi must be roast. I have driven a motorcycle in my city. In winter I use a clothes in my head similar at the niqab (un pasamontañas) and I only could see in front, not the sides, as the niqab I guess. I use glasses if you forced me to dress with a niqab I'm sure I become blind. I am not saying I don't like arab clothes because I like turban as Sandokan but I can't understand why women to be forced to dress with a hot clothes. I don't know so much the rules in your country but it is absurd that women can't drive or to be obliged use black clothes.

      I have read "saudi women can't drive because prostitution, porno, homosexualidad, divorced, ect". It made me laugh, and laugh a lot. I am not laughing about Arabian rules, I insist. It made to me laugh because it's possible that European women finish in a prostitution house as consequence of the crisis, not as consequence driving.

      I think your country must be a nice country with a wonderful sea, the read Sea, a sea with a good temperature to swim, with a desert, a big desert, by jupiter. A lot of things to visit but I think some rules are a little old. Books as the bible (by exemple) were written for men who were living in another age, an old age, another period. Men and women believed the Earth was plain and now we know our planet is round. I have my own religion: don't made pain another people and help us if you can.

      We take a moment and think. We can imagine aliens arriving our planet but what kind of planet they can find? A planet when people kill another people as Siria. What kind of humans can torture kids? torture a boy how ali al-khatib?. In Siria and another countries people killing his brothers, in Africa people dieying because them can't eat, and the rest of the World kill himself as consequence of the crisis. In Spain some fathers kill himself because they lost his home and they can't bring food his sons. So I think we must think and change our mentality and be a little more humans and a few more modern about the rules.

      Well, I can't writte more because my english is limitated. I insist, majesty and the rest of government of Saudi Arabia and I ask, PLEASE, change a little his rules and let women drive and do another things. Life is short.

      Thank you very much,

      Eloísa Hernández

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