Run The World Girls!

Please note the following article is not about Beyonce’s latest single ;)

I can’t live in Saudi Arabia. Imagine living in a country where women are not allowed to drive or to go out without a male companion. A country where you cannot be elected to any position of power because you were born with a vagina and not a penis. This might appeal to male chauvinists but not to the majority of rational people. However this is not an article devoted to bashing in the Middle Eastern country. Rather it is one where women, in their own way, are pushing for their rights.

Najla Hariri is one such woman who wants the country to grant women their right to drive vehicles. She holds Egyptian and Lebanese driving licenses and an international license which she uses to drive in Europe. When she settled down in the city of Jeddah 2 years ago she wished to drive but couldn’t because her husband and eldest son were away and they had no driver. She waited a while, hoping for ‘the right time; …for other ladies to [go first]’. That hope did not bear fruit and so she took it upon herself to drive in the city without fear. Her family and friends are backing her move. At the same time, she does not want to become the poster girl for the struggle to give women more freedom in the country. I do understand her reluctance but I think we need more women like her at the forefront of Saudi society, arguing for equal rights. What she, and other Saudi women are doing albeit in small ways, is remarkable and I sincerely hope that Saudi Arabia, sooner rather than later, recognizes the female population’s rights and duly acknowledges it. Till then, I hope to keep reading and hearing of anecdotes of Saudi women pressurizing the government to grant them equal opportunities.

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One Response to Run The World Girls!

  1. Wow!
    Now that’s what I call Progress! This, after having read so many depressing accounts of the treatment of women there, comes as a breath of fresh air! It’s nice to know that atleast some women there are trying for change, apart from the many of us on the other side of world.

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