Let’s end this ban on Saudi Arabian women drivers

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Women drivers in Saudi Arabia should be given the freedom to drive, say the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). In light of International Women’s Day, the IAM is supporting a call for the ban on women driving to be lifted.

Women drivers in Saudi Arabia should be given the freedom to drive, say the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). In light of International Women’s Day, the IAM is supporting a call for the ban on women driving to be lifted. Saudi women have been openly campaigning for the right to drive since 2011.

At present women living in Saudi Arabia face arrest, imprisonment and even flogging if they are caught driving.

The reasons given for the ban include that driving will provide women with so much freedom that they would be much more likely to be promiscuous which would result in a moral decline in the country.1

The IAM is urging everyone to sign the petition calling for an end to the ban and to visit saudiwomendriving.blogspot.co.uk and express their support as part of today’s International Women’s Day celebrations.

IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said: “In the UK we like to talk about driving being a right. But for Saudi women, banning driving truly is a civil liberties issue. Everyone has the right to free movement and in road safety terms women drivers are far safer than their male counterparts. We’re calling on everyone to sign the petition and put an end to this practice.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16011926.

2. International Women’s day has been observed since the early 1900s. For more information, visit: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/about.asp.

3. The IAM is the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving, motorcycling and cycling. The commercial division of the IAM operates through its occupational driver training company IAM Drive & Survive. The IAM has more than 200 local volunteer groups and over 100,000 members in the UK and Ireland. It is best known for the advanced driving test and the advanced driving, motorcycling and cycling courses. Its policy and research division offers advice and expertise on road safety.

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