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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

NewsFlash: Saudi Women Now Allowed To Drive (Maybe)

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The early 20th Century has now arrived in Saudi Arabia as the Saudi Shura Council has made a recommendation to let women drive. As we all know this is a risky move on the Shura's part. If they begin to see this as a trend women may begin to make other mad demands such as asking that they no longer be considered to be household property, for the right to go unescorted by a male relative in public or the right to be raped without then being flogged by Saudi authorities.

To prevent such awful possibilities the Shura has attached certain limitations in their recommendations. These limitations are:

  • The woman driver must be under 30. The woman's driving is conditional upon the permission of a relative [father, husband, brother, or son].

  • The woman driver must obtain a driver's license from the center for teaching women to drive.

  • The woman driver must be modestly dressed.

  • The woman driver will be permitted to drive alone in the cities, but outside the cities she must be accompanied by a relative.

  • The woman driver will be permitted to drive Saturday through Wednesday between 7:00 AM and 8:00 PM.

  • The woman driver must have a cell phone with her, so she can call for help in an emergency.

  • The woman driver must pay a certain sum when her license is issued; this sum will be set aside for car repairs.

The Shura Council also ordered the following:

  • The establishment of a special women's transportation department; this department will collect the fees.

  • The establishment of a telephone emergency center.

  • The establishment of transportation centers for women in the cities, which will be under religious supervision.

  • The council stipulated that a woman driver who violates these rules will have her license revoked.

If this keeps up, what's next: Women burning their hijabs??

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