To Drive or Not to Drive!

Rights aren’t given, they are taken and if you aren’t willing to stand up and make a sacrifice for those rights, then just forget it.  Black people would never gotten their rights, if Rose Parks had chosen to give up her seat  to the white man in the bus, and let’s imagine the history of black people, if Marten luther King had chosen to remain silent and hadn’t given his revolutionary speech.   Every movement in the world, regardless of how peaceful it appears, hasn’t succeeded without sacrifices.

Saudi women have been dreaming for more than twenty years to get their basic civil rights, to be like every woman in the world: to drive their cars, to travel without a permission or restriction, to be treated as a citizen like men, to have their voices heard, to be ministers and decision makers and to have equal opportunities in education and work.  None of these has been achieved so far. What has been achieved recently is that Saudi women are now allowed to sell lingerie, instead of men in Malls!

Many Saudi women have spoken about their struggles in newspapers and public media, but very few of them have taken action in the ground to actually change the society. Words are powerful, but not enough to change the reality.

Today, Saudi women are planning to make a history and challenge the society by driving their cars in public. I believe that this step, if they make it, is a significant turning point in women struggle in Saudi. If women were able to enforce their rights to drive, they will then realize that they are also capable of enforcing their rights to work, to travel without permission and to vote.

Now the question that everyone keeps asking is that will Saudi women break the fear barriers and drive their cars today?

 To Drive or Not to Drive, that is the question!

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7 thoughts on “To Drive or Not to Drive!

  1. Moses

    Yes good luck, but I must give a slightly unwanted point of view.. I’m a woman in America, and have found that while I would never give up the freedoms I possess to do whatever I want whenever I want ( with hair showing and all), It is difficult to handle the responsibilities that come with this freedom. If you have freedom to go grocery shopping, take the kids to school and the hospital, go to work… Then you are expected to do so. Women in America used to stay at home more often, because raising children and keeping the house up and meals cooked is a full time job. Now we have to keep the house, go to school, raise the children, work, come home and cook, Etc etc. With the extension of freedom comes an extension of responsibility. It also cuts down on a mans animal-like instinct to provide for his family, making it easier for him to leave and let the mother take the reigns. After all, since she can work and get wherever she needs to be alone, he often uses her ability to provide for herself as justification for disappearing. I’ve seen this too many times to rely on a man to take care of my own family, and will therefore not have children, at least until I’m out of school and stable beyond my own need. Just saying.. I love being free, but I would also love the choice to stay at home. You have to be aggressive to handle the outside world and I’m just not always up to it like the boys:P

  2. jaffar

    It’s not just about Saudi women denied their civil rights, it’s about the whole community in Saudi Arabia not given the opportunity to participate in political or social reform, and more importantly decision making process which is hijacked by one family and their paid clerics which grant them immunity against public criticism.we live in absolute monarchy which should be something of the past, they control almost everything, who believe we still -after more 20 years- discuss same topics such as women driving their cars or not, it’s like status quo , everything is frozen,while other Arabic nations adopting democracy , we still 30 years behind busy with same old topics, the WHOLE system in KSA is corrupt, no proper representation of people, it’s like one tribal leader living in other plant, not aware of the needs of his community.
    unemployment rates are scary ,and some reports mention women weren’t counted in these statistics! ,I think my sister would more concerned about being unemployed more than being unable to drive her car.that doesn’t mean I’m against women driving ,No , I just mean they are priorities, and I don’t think driving is among them , yet I believe it’s symbolic act and without men supporting their sisters , daughters and wives, they won’t succeed in achieving it.

  3. hmmmm. You dinlfeteiy need to add one. Kim Yeong-hyeon, history buff writer of Dae Jang-geum, Queen Seon-deok, and the coming Tree with Deep Roots (Sept. 2011).

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