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Saudi woman who dared to drive freed


In Canada, women and men are pretty well on par thanks to the suffragettes of years gone by. But in Saudi Arabia the battle is still going. 

Manal Al Sharif, a 32-year-old computer specialist and mother, was released from jail after Saudi police faced pressure at home and abroad, according to the Toronto Star. 

Sharif was arrested for defying the kingdom's ban on female drivers and posting it to youtube. She was charged with "inciting women to drive" and "rallying public opinion." Sharif's lawyer has not clarified if these charges have been formally dropped. 

Have a look at the full article here

Do you think it's time women earned their rights in Arab countries? How would you feel if you were banned from driving because of your gender?

May 31, 2011 @ 09:48 am

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How Odd

I find this whole "women driving" thing in Saudi Arabia to be strange. The article clearly states that she is an educated and working woman, a computer specialist, to be exact. She is also a single mother because she was divorced. If Saudi Arabia allows women to work in competitive jobs and get divorces, why would they not be allowed to drive?? This honestly makes no sense to me.

I find this woman to be inspiring. Yes, she was charged for defying the law but it's because of women like her, Rosa Parks, and many others, who stood up against the law that helped shaped society the way it is today.
May 31, 2011 @ 10:22 am


I didn't even know Saudi women couldn't drive! That's crazy... I Wikipedia'd it and turns out they really can't! Boggles the mind. According to Wikipedia Saudi uses Sharia Law (Islamic law) as an excuse to enforce this law. Utter nonsense, no where in Sharia law does it say that women can't drive!!!! Jeez ...... real islamic scholars who actually know their stuff should step in and fix the morons ruling the country. At the very least, these idiots shouldn't be allowed to use a religion as an excuse to promote their own will. That's just not fair to the people or the religion.
May 31, 2011 @ 04:33 pm
Ali de Bold

I have no patience for this

I get so angry every time I hear about the way women are treated in certain countries in the world. It's so outrageous and there is no one to protect them from the abuse. I'm so grateful to be raised in a country where this would never happen.
Jun 02, 2011 @ 01:43 pm


Is there a religious reason for this? Sometimes we do have to acknowledge the fact that in some countries, women are seen as inferior.
But i try to remember that in other countries/religions women are basically the dominant sex.
Things like these used to get me extremely angry, and want to pump my fist in anger. However, after my recent trip to Korea, I noticed little differences between countries that made me realize that things like these are the norm, and society just views life in a different way than the western culture.

For all we know, Saudi Arabians could be looking at us, and getting outraged over the fact that the government is allowing citizens to be fed lard in the form of a hamburger without notifying the public.

Nevertheless, I'm not saying that this incident was ethical. My objective here is to point out another point of view.
Jun 02, 2011 @ 04:28 pm

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