Saudi Arabia allows women to drive

The committee will take up the recommendations within 30 days from the date of the decree, and will be implemented between 23 and 24 of June 2018, based on the Islamic calendar.

In a historic night after King Salman Bin Abdelaziz issued a decree to grant women driving licenses the economic effect on the Kingdom is forecasted to be positive.

In a post on Twitter, the official account of the kingdom's Foreign Ministry wrote, "Saudi Arabia allows women to drive". "This is a good step forward for women's rights", says Aziza Youssef, a professor at King Saud University and one of Saudi Arabia's most vocal women's rights activists.

Lori Boghardt, a Gulf specialist at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said the change is yet another sign that the Crown Prince is intent on adopting social reforms that will transform the Kingdom. "We also need to see a whole range of discriminatory laws and practices swept away in Saudi Arabia including the guardianship system where every woman has a male guardian, be it their father, brother, husband or son, having authority to make decisions on her behalf", Luther said.

"Saudi Arabia has finally relented and chose to permit women to drive", rights watchdog Amnesty International said. "An important step in the right direction".

The decision has sparked euphoria and disbelief among activists in the kingdom, which was the only country in the world to ban women from driving.

The announcement follows a gender-mixed celebration of Saudi National Day over the weekend, the first of its kind, which aimed to spotlight the kingdom's reform push, analysts said, despite a backlash from religious conservatives.

"Saudi Arabia will never be the same again".

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"We will continue to support Saudi Arabia in its to efforts to strengthen Saudi society and the economy through reforms like this and the implementation of Saudi Vision 2030".

The kingdom is the only country in the world that bars women from driving.

"We're just happy today", she added.

There's a lot of work that still needs to be done in order to achieve gender equality in Saudi Arabia.

Still others sought to draw attention to the human rights violations still plaguing the country.

"Significant results have been achieved in the area of investment cooperation in the framework of a joint $ 10 billion platform created by sovereign funds of RDIF and Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF)". Many working Saudi women spend much of their salaries on drivers or must be driven to work by male relatives.

Women drivers have previously been arrested and cars have been confiscated, activists said.

Fawziah al-Bakr, a university professor who was among 47 women to participate in the kingdom's first protest against the ban in 1990, welcomed the "amazing" decision.

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