Friday, 18 January 2008

Why Saudi women can't drive...

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Our attention has been drawn to a report on Saudi Arabia by the UN's Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, which contains the responses from a Saudi delegation to various questions posed by the Committee.

It's fairly heavy going (if you're feeling ambitious it's available online), but we were struck by a section towards the end where the delegation helpfully explain why women are forbidden to drive in Saudi Arabia:

"With regards to the issue of driving, in the early stages of Islam, there were no cars, and women rode camels or donkeys, and participated in all walks of life. This was history, and could not be forgotten. The matter was not related to Sharia. However, the problem was not related to the laws of the State, it was a matter for society. When people and the mentality were ready, then women would be allowed to drive cars. Once there was a need for women to drive, then it would be permitted. The Government was worried about women, and this was why those who were responsible were against the idea of women driving cars."

Which clears that issue up.

8 comments:

Pagan said...

Well, that's about as clear as mud. I have to laugh about their government being worried about women driving when there's not a day that goes by when a woman isn't killed in an "honor killing" or by her husband for the offence of burning dinner. Gee, it sure is a good thing their concerned about driving. What a bunch of misogynistic fools!

Anonymous said...

evidently anyone can make up a dumb law. It's coming up with a coherent explanation to support it that is the problem. They are worried about women driving because it is going to confuse society???!!!!! Well how sweet of them. They must have heard numerous stories of saudi women coming to the west and loosing their minds when they saw women driving. My hat's off to them. These guys have taken chauvunisim and patronization to a whole new level.

Right voice said...

This is not enough reason for not allowing female to drive ,I fell so sorry for Saudi female because they need men in all their trips and where ever they will go and this will give male to control of the time and the place where the female will go to this is not fair at all whole female in the world can drive except the Saudi female WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY?

jamespeter said...

According to my opinion this is not correct reason for not allowing woment to drive.This is so bad with this they need male definitely wherever they go.This is not correct way.I think they are worried about women driving because it is going to confuse society.
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Keegan Wyatt Nicholi said...

Their response sounds like it was though of by a Jr. Higher. haha It's exceptionally pathetic. I can't stand to see people accepting 2nd class citizenship! Its terrible all the raw potential that goes without nurture just because they are a woman! Argh!

Anonymous said...

I think my government will allow Saudi women to drive very soooon

Anonymous said...

Basically his statement says that Saudi prohibition of women driving - is a direct violation of Islam , as they rode other transport historically. Get a grip Saudi Arabia!

Muslim Woman said...

I'm a muslim and umm...noo. That's sexism. And, also, I beleive that the article made it clear but I'll still restate it: This law is not Islam. Islam only governs people on a personal level. So it's laws only have to do with the punishment/repentance of sins. Being forbidden to drive is not part of Islam. That is the Saudi's F'd up culture. ... lol this just proves my saying. Islam is perfect, Humanity is stupid.(No offence Humanity.)