Tell the State Department to Condemn the Detention of Women Drivers
  • Petitioned Steve Radelet

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Senior Advisor on Development, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Steve Radelet
Personal Assistant, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Claire Coleman
White House Liason, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Steven Diminuco
Deputy Secretary of State
James Braidy Steinberg
Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
Michael Hoffman Posner
Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs
Jeffrey T Feltman
Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues
Melanne Verveer
Near East Specialist and Senior Policy Advisor, State Department GWI Office
Diane E. Kelly
Public Affairs Advisor, State Department GWI Office
Nicole R Conn
Senior Advisor, State Department Office of Global Women's Issues
Steven Steiner
Executive Assistant, State Department Office of Global Women's Issues
Valerie Patricia Keitt
Director, Office of Policy Planning
Anne-Marie Slaughter
Principal Deputy Director, Office of Policy Planning
Derek Chollet
Deputy Director, Office of Policy Planning
Edward Lacey
Chief of Staff, Office of Policy Planning
Janey Wright
Chief Speechwriter and Policy Advisor, Office of Policy Planning
Josh Daniel
Deputy Director, State Department Office of Human Rights
Cari Enav
International Officer, State Department Office of Human Rights
Dara Duncan-Lira
Womens Affairs Officer, State Department Office of Human Rights
Linda Lum
Deputy Assistant Secretary, State Department
Janet Ann Sanderson
Director, State Department Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs
Andrew Steinfeld
Deputy Director, State Department Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs
Linda Specht
Country Officer, State Department Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs
Josh Harris
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
Philippe I. Reines
Deputy Director, Office of Press Relations
Julie Reside
Press Officer, Department of State
Andrew J Laine
Director, Office of Press Relations
Mark Toner
Chief of Staff, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Cheryl Mills

Tell the State Department to Condemn the Detention of Women Drivers

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      Support Saudi Women

It seems the United States has no problem with Saudi Arabian women being arrested for driving a car.

Come again?

On Thursday, June 30, State Department spokesperson Mark C. Toner was grilled about the United States’ position on the arrest and detention of a number of Saudi women for driving during a State Department briefing.

But get this: the United States' representative to the outside world refused to condemn the arrests of women for simply driving a car!  

When a reporter asked “What do you make of the fact that the Saudi religious police are running around, plucking women out of cars?” the State Department spokesperson replied by framing the issue as “an internal matter for Saudi Arabia.”

When a reporter asked “Do you think that it’s a good thing that the Saudi religious police are taking women out of cars when they’re driving and arresting them?” the State Department spokesperson replied “This is an issue that Saudi Arabians are grappling with.”
 
Finally, when a reporter asked “You won’t come out and say that it’s a bad thing for the religious police to be detaining women who are driving?” the spokesperson replied. “I’ve given you the details as I know them.”

Does it make sense to anyone that the representatives of the United States to the outside world have nothing to say when asked if arresting women for driving is wrong?

This is an embarrassment to our country and an offense to women. It needs to be corrected immediately.

 

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    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
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      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President of Communications

      Women’s rights activists have launched a Change.org campaign after a spokesperson from the US State Department refused to condemn the detention of women for driving in Saudi Arabia.

    3. Reached 500 signatures
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      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President of Communications

      Women’s rights activists are outraged by the fact that the State Department has not been willing to condemn this week’s arrests of women detained for merely driving a car.

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      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President of Communications

      Members of Support Saudi Women want the department to condemn the detentions — the first reported arrests to take place since June 17 — that occurred earlier this week.

    6. Online Petition Calls for State Dept. To Condemn Saudi Women’s Arrests

      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President of Communications

      Women’s rights activists, in support of those fighting a ban on female drivers in Saudi Arabia, are petitioning the U.S. State Department to condemn the detention of Saudi women who were arrested and held for driving earlier this week.

    7. Social Media Fuels Women2Drive Campaign

      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President of Communications

      As the campaign continues to gather support every day, we have more and more women tweeting about their successful driving experiences in Saudi...

    8. Reached 250 signatures
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      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President of Communications

      Activists launch Change.org campaign after State Department spokesperson refuses to condemn the detentions of women for driving in Saudi Arabia.
      Women’s rights activists are up in arms after the U.S. State Department refused to condemn the...

    10. Reached 25 signatures

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      • over 2 years ago

      By allowing her husband to cheat on her for 40+ yrs, everybody knows Hillary Rodman has no respect for women. Made a perfunctory speech 5 yrs ago yet, when she has job, does zip. Get the Saudis to release imprisoned women drivers or stop our aid to them NOW. After Hillary gets a lobotomy, garnellprostinak@gmail.com 12/17/11

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    • anny Schillinger TREVERAY, FRANCE
      • over 2 years ago

      driving is a necessity for the promotion of women and the good of the whole society

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    • Okie Fields LEBANON, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      I totally agree with Pamela Check!

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    • Guitty Talberg KENT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      really USA you are so disappointing you say you stand for freedoms and rights apparently the birth place for such ideologies and really you stand for nothing unless it suits you..just like your stance in the UN recently...the election war chest would be struggling and empty I guess .. you hypocrites..people want to live in peace and have their freedoms, jobs, food and basic human rights..meanwhile you sit and judge wanting democracies that only suit us here in the west and supply many of these countries and help maintain the status quo at the expense of so many peoples lives and their basic human rights and freedoms.. we in the west need to change our policies and if there is a time to make a difference, not by invading but putting proper political pressure for change and condemnation or withholding aid and selling the weaponry to some of these countries to help these people fighting for their lives... till proper freedoms are given by elections and so forth..now is the time to do it..

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    • Paulette MacMillan GWYNN OAK, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      Because the US needds to be a strong opponent of discrimination and a strong supporter of equality.

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