Friday, June 17, 2011

Saudi women challenge drive-Baltimore Sun (blog)

The conservative Arab Kingdom, in the account and behind the wheel themselves to publish pictures of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (Reuters)-some Saudi women appeared, driving ban challenge through social media and answered the phone.

"Women2Drive" and "women's rights in the drive to KSA" in the same group, defiance, a variety of day Facebook group more than 15,000 supporters, drawing on it.

"My husband and I drove and police officers stop me driving without a license, gave the ticket stated" Maha Al-Gahtani, Riyadh, in the name of her traffic tickets with a picture of the inhabitants of posted on Twitter.

"Or any other women did not see the driver to be disappointed," he said. "I did it right."

Driving ban, besides Saudi Arabia must be written from a female in the male guardian approval-father, husband, brother or son-to leave the country, work, or even a specific medical.

Saudi Arabia is Sunni Islam's yum version are applied by an absolute monarchy, ruled. Religious police patrol the street public separation between men and women.

Two women, Shaima Osama and Manal Alsharif recently driving ban, throughout the Arab world institution inspired by challenges that seem to ignore, was arrested for.

"My driving with dad around the neighborhood for 20 minutes," Dima Ikhwan her Friday posted to your Twitter page.

One woman in Riyadh at midnight, she police undetected by the local supermarkets soon after the face veiled driving driving myself showing posted this video on Youtube.

Reuters women's account could not be resolved and how many women defied the ban were could not be verified.

Alsharif's arrest after she was driving his posted a video on Youtube last month to commit another woman. After 10 days in detention, the distance from yourself Alsharif campaign, driving women to do the same thing is referred to as the best left to the authorities.

"Alsharif woke up the arrest of many of the women were threatened because they don't want to be arrested," Mariam Alawi, in Jeddah, and United States driver's license, resident said not to participate in the campaign.

"I will ignore the ban on driving campaign it will provoke the authorities just because driving in Saudi Arabia that legalizing women will interfere with the process," Alawi said.

But activists claim Wajiha Al-Huweider, the exercise is to ignore the ban more women will get steam.

"It will be a day or demo, it's as if we drive, to allow women to see the new law will continue until the first day of the exercise," Huweider said. "Maybe we will see more women in the coming days."

(See Asma Alsharif; Alistair Lyon edited by Reed Stevenson)

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