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Celebrations, tears as Saudi Arabia overturns ban on women driving

Saudi women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time in decades Sunday as the kingdom overturned the world's only ban on female motorists, a historic reform expected to usher in a new era of social mobility. The much-trumpeted move is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's plan to modernize the conservative petrostate--- but it has been dented by the jailing of female activists who long opposed the driving ban. Women in Riyadh and other cities began zipping around streets bathed in amber light soon after the ban was lifted at midnight, with some blasting music from behind the wheel. "I feel free like a bird," said talk show host and writer Samar Almogren as she cru...Keep on reading: Celebrations, tears as Saudi Arabia overturns ban on women driving.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJun 25th, 2018

Saudi overturns ban on women driving

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabian women celebrated being able to drive for the first time in decades Sunday, as the kingdom overturned the world’s only ban on female motorists, a historic reform expected to usher in a new era of social mobility. The move is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s wide-ranging drive […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

Lifting the driving ban: What it means for Saudi women

Finally! Saudi Arabia's ban on female drivers has been lifted. This is a first for the country and 'brings the ultra-conservative Gulf nation into line with the rest of the world.' B.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

Driving ban on Saudi women ends

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia allowed women to drive on Sunday, June 24, overturning the world's only ban on female motorists, a historic reform that is expected to usher in a new era of social mobility. The move, which follows a sweeping crackdown on women activists who long opposed the ban, is ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

Car dealers gear up for Saudi women to hit the roads

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia --- Cradling her four-month-old daughter, Nour Obeid scans the car showroom and heads to the mid-sized SUVs. In the past, a woman looking to buy a car in Saudi Arabia would focus on the features in the back, but Obeid is checking out the driver's seat, picturing herself doing grocery store runs or school drop-offs. This Sunday, the kingdom will lift the world's only ban on women driving, a milestone for women who have had to rely on drivers, male relatives, taxis and ride-hailing services to get to work, go shopping and get around. The move could help boost the Saudi economy by ensuring stronger female participation in the workforce, ...Keep on reading: Car dealers gear up for Saudi women to hit the roads.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

Saudi women rev up motorbikes as end to driving ban nears

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Even a year ago, it would have been hard to imagine – Saudi women clad in skinny jeans and Harley-Davidson T-shirts, revving motorbikes at a Riyadh sports circuit. But ahead of the historic lifting of a decades-long ban on female drivers on June 24, women gather weekly ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

First Saudi women get driving licenses

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia on Monday, June 4, began issuing its first driving licenses to women in decades, authorities said, just weeks before the historic lifting of the conservative kingdom's ban on female motorists . Ten Saudi women swapped their foreign licenses for Saudi ones in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Saudi Arabia prepares to outlaw sexual harassment

Saudi Arabia is preparing to outlaw sexual harassment, a move campaigners hailed on Tuesday as a “paradigm shift” in the deeply conservative Islamic kingdom, which is set to lift a ban on women driving within weeks. Source link link: Saudi Arabia prepares to outlaw sexual harassment.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

Saudi Arabia seeks to criminalize sexual harassment

Saudi Arabia is preparing to outlaw sexual harassment, officials said Tuesday, less than a month before the conservative kingdom lifts its decades-long ban on women driving. The kingdom’s Shura Council, which advises the cabinet, approved a draft law on Monday which would introduce a prison term of up to five years and a penalty of [...] The post Saudi Arabia seeks to criminalize sexual harassment appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

Saudis detain women s advocates ahead of driving ban lift

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Saudi authorities have arrested 7 prominent women's rights advocates, dividing public opinion just weeks before the kingdom is set to lift its driving ban on women .  Without naming those detained, Saudi Arabia's state security apparatus said 7 people had been arrested for "attempting to undermine the security and stability of the kingdom... and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 19th, 2018

Saudi Arabia says driving ban on women to be lifted June 24

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi women will be allowed to start driving in the kingdom from June 24, the General Department of Traffic Director General Mohammed al-Bassami said on Tuesday, May 8. "All the requirements for women in the kingdom to start driving have been established," Bassami was quoted as saying in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 8th, 2018

Saudi Arabia to allow movie theaters after decades of ban

      RIYADH, Saudi Arabia --- Saudi Arabia says it will allow movie theaters to open in the conservative kingdom next year, for the first time in more than 35 years. It's the latest move as part of the young crown prince's efforts to socially reform the country. The kingdom says a resolution was passed on Monday paving way for licenses to be granted to commercial movie theaters. Movie theaters were shut down in the 1980's during a wave of ultraconservatism in the country. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has pushed for greater social openings, including lifting a ban on women driving next year and bringing back concerts and other forms of entertainment ...Keep on reading: Saudi Arabia to allow movie theaters after decades of ban.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 11th, 2017

Saudi Arabia driving ban on women to be lifted – BBC News

Saudi Arabia driving ban on women to be lifted – BBC News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsSep 27th, 2017

Because I can: ride-hailing app welcomes Saudi women drivers

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia –  Reem Farahat waited for a ride request. Her phone pinged. "I've already cried twice," she said, heading out to work as one of Saudi Arabia's first female drivers for Careem. The Dubai-based ride-hailing app, along with global behemoth Uber, reacted to Saudi King Salman's September announcement of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

Saudi entertainment chief sacked after outrage over circus

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia on Monday, June 18, sacked the head of its entertainment authority , state media said, following a conservative backlash against a circus featuring women wearing figure-hugging costumes. "Ahmad al-Khatib, chairman of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority has been removed from his position," the official Saudi Press Agency ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

Duterte on West PH Sea, Kris vs Mocha, women driving in Saudi | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Duterte doubts military would follow orders to defend West PH Sea. Mocha Uson to Kris Aquino: This is not about you. Heart Evangelista loses baby girl. First Saudi women get driving licenses. The Jeron Teng stabbing : What we know. Executive Producer / ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Rebellious fashion: Saudi Arabian women embrace sports abayas

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Colorful and oozing defiance, a sports-friendly version of the abaya gown was once considered a symbol of cultural rebellion in conservative Saudi Arabia, but it is fast becoming the new normal. Pictures of female athletes running in the garb in the Red Sea city of Jeddah went viral last month, setting […] The post Rebellious fashion: Saudi Arabian women embrace sports abayas appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2018

Saudi crown prince visits France, seeks strategic partner

PARIS --- The crown prince of Saudi Arabia is making his first official visit to France, which is hoping to profit from his shake-up of the conservative kingdom. No big weapons contracts are expected to be signed during the visit of Mohammed bin Salman, but a "strategic partnership" is to be announced Tuesday with French President Emmanuel Macron. French media say the prince arrives Sunday. The 32-year-old heir to the Saudi throne, now at the center of the kingdom's power structure, has instigated major reforms to shed the kingdom's austere image. Changes include giving women the right to drive, introducing concerts and promising movie theaters. France hopes to join in that ...Keep on reading: Saudi crown prince visits France, seeks strategic partner.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 8th, 2018

Revolution: Women in Saudi Arabia will Choose how to Dress Themselves

Women in Saudi Arabia need not wear headcover or the black abaya - the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of Islamic piety - as long as their attire is 'decent and respectful', the kingdom's re.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMar 21st, 2018

Saudi women will drive but face bumpy road to empowerment

KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia -- Mervat Bukhari, a force of nature draped head-to-toe in Islamic niqab, braved insults and taunts to become the first Saudi woman to work at a gas station, something unimaginable not long ago. The kingdom, where conservatives once bridled at even limited freedoms for women, is in….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMar 6th, 2018

Saudis trading Filipino maids

TUGUEGARAO CITY --- Filipino migrant workers in Saudi Arabia are calling on the government to stop employers there from trading their maids among themselves. Filipinos based in Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah denounced the practice in online messages. "We hope the government will take drastic measures to stop this. This has been going on for many years already and it has led to the abuse and exploitation of many [Filipino women]," said Angel (not her real name), who is based in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh. Angel said migrant workers were auctioned off to families needing maids legally deployed to the oil-rich kingdom by Philippine labor recruitment agencies. "Usually on...Keep on reading: Saudis trading Filipino maids.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018