Manal al-Sherif, a Saudi woman arrested for driving

Posted by David Khoirul

Manal al-Sherif protest driving ban in Saudi Arabia videoA 32-year-old Arabian woman was arrested after she posted an online video showing her driving, on a campaign protesting a ban against female drivers. Unlike here in Indonesia, in Saudi Arabia women are not allowed to drive.

Manal al-Sherif, the woman behind the campaign Women2Drive, as reported by Al-Jazeera, launched a protest against Saudi ban on female drivers by posting a video of herself driving through the city of Khobar last week. Religious police then arrested her on Saturday.

With 12,000 members on the campaign's original Facebook page, al-Sherif urges women in Saudi, including foreign ones, to go driving on June 17. Arab Studies Institute ezine Jadaliyya has some more information regarding campaign plans, which include:

  • Encouraging women with international driver?s licenses (or those from other countries) to drive their cars on June 17.
  • Taking photographs and video to be posted on Facebook in support of the cause.
  • Adhering to the dress code (hijab) while driving.
  • Obeying traffic laws and not challenging authorities if stopped for questioning.

Watch her YouTube video:

Saudi arabia woman campaign for rights to drive

Or download the 3gp file here.


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