As the only remaining country in the world to still enforce a ban on women from driving, it goes without saying why the historical moment is a stepping stone for bigger change.
The social reform highlights the restrictions Saudi women have no choice but to face every single day; having to seek permission to go wherever they need to and not be able to a simple decision for themselves without having it be approved by a male guardian.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saudhad announced the ban lift last Tuesday, putting an end to the conservative tradition and give women their independence. The ruling will only be effected in June 2018.
Despite being given the right to drive, there still many things Saudi women are not allowed to do but with the recent shift in the laws, hope for a brighter future for women continues.
Here are some our favourite appreciation posts in celebration of the social reform:
Me: Women can drive in Saudi Arabia now.
7-year-old: What did they do before?
Me: Only men could drive.
7: And they lived?
— James Breakwell (@XplodingUnicorn) September 27, 2017
After allowing women to drive, the next thing that Saudi Arabia should do is considering women as humans.
— Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) September 27, 2017
— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) September 27, 2017
Great news for all the women in Saudi Arabia. An achievement that will help their society. Drive to happiness ladies #MakeAChange
— Elissa (@elissakh) September 26, 2017
This will be a day long remembered: Saudi Arabia allowed women to drive, and Twitter allowed tweets more than 140 characters.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 26, 2017
Saudi women may now drive. Yippeee! Next I hope that they abolish the male guardian system ASAP. Congratulations to all the women of the KSM
— Ayaan Hirsi Ali (@Ayaan) September 26, 2017