By Royal Decree: Women Will Finally be Allowed to Drive in Saudi Arabia

By Royal Decree: Women Will Finally be Allowed to Drive in Saudi Arabia

Congratulations ladies. Welcome to the 21st century.

Lots of changes have begun to happen behind the scenes in Saudi Arabia, big changes since the rise of 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, casually known as MBS.

A royal decree allowing women to drive in Saudi Arabia was signed by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the order said it will be effective immediately but the rollout will take months, the Saudi Press Agency reported in September 2017.

The decree said that women would be allowed to drive “in accordance with the Islamic laws”.

“This is a historic big day in our kingdom,” Prince Khaled bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S. said “part of Vision 2030, which is a huge step toward a brighter future.”

The plan to reinvent Saudi Arabia’s economy includes youth empowerment, social organization and women’s empowerment “which is an extremely important element of the changes happening in Saudi Arabia,” the ambassador said.

“We are trying to increase women’s participation in the workforce,” bin Salman said. “In order to change women’s participation in the workforce we need them to be able to drive to work,” said Salman”We need them to move forward, we need them to improve our economy.”

A committee has been formed to implement the ruling and it will present recommendations within 30 days. The government will then have until June 24, 2018, to implement the King’s new decree.

Source: Al Jazeera
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