Saudi women to defy ban on driving on December 28

December 5, 2013 | By | Reply More

Dec 05, – Saudi women activists have relaunched a campaign for the right to drive in the kingdom, urging women to get behind the wheel on December 28. The call for action is a “reminder of the right so it is not forgotten,” activist Nasima Al Sada told AFP, adding that women nationwide are being urged to drive on the chosen day.

hromedia Saudi women to defy ban on driving on December arab uprising2“We will continue until we get our rights,” Sada said, calling the latest move a continuation of a campaign launched on October 26, when 16 activists were stopped by police for defying the ban. And last Friday, police stopped two activists, Aziza Al Yousef and Eman Al Najfan, in a car in Riyadh.

A week ago, Yusef said after talks with Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef that the authorities were reassessing the controversial ban.

“Rest assured that the issue is being discussed, and expect a good outcome,” Yusef quoted the minister as saying in the meeting with her and fellow activist Hala Al Dosari.  Yusef said the meeting took place at the minister’s office, but through a video conference, in compliance with strict rules of segregation between men and women.

Saudi women activists have relaunched a campaign for the right to drive in the kingdom, urging women to get behind the wheel on December 28.

The call for action is a “reminder of the right so it is not forgotten,” activist Nasima Al Sada told AFP, adding that women nationwide are being urged to drive on the chosen day.

“We will continue until we get our rights,” Sada said, calling the latest move a continuation of a campaign launched on October 26, when 16 activists were stopped by police for defying the ban. And last Friday, police stopped two activists, Aziza Al Yousef and Eman Al Najfan, in a car in Riyadh.

A week ago, Yusef said after talks with Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef that the authorities were reassessing the controversial ban.

“Rest assured that the issue is being discussed, and expect a good outcome,” Yusef quoted the minister as saying in the meeting with her and fellow activist Hala Al Dosari.  Yusef said the meeting took place at the minister’s office, but through a video conference, in compliance with strict rules of segregation between men and women.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat, contributed to this report.

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