Women in Saudi Arabia are celebrating the news that they will be able to drive, bringing the country in line with the rest of the world and allowing women greater individual freedom, autonomy and ability to work. Saudi’s King Salman has issued a royal decree, and the policy will go into effect in June 2018.
As reported by CNN, the current ban means that women have to arrange for- and often pay-a driver for vehicle transportation. Besides being a major hassle, this takes up a large amount of money that they could otherwise spend on their children’s health or education. As one Saudi woman said, “I live in a country that I can’t explore. I’ve always wanted to explore the kingdom’s coasts… I can’t take someone I don’t know to drive me to these places and my brothers are too busy to take me on long trips.”