Dozens of Saudi women risk arrest by flouting driving ban

18.06.2011                      16.Siwan, 5771                      Schlach Lechah

Saudi Arabien:

Dozens of Saudi women risk arrest by flouting driving ban

No arrests were supported after women across the country reportedly violated religious restrictions on driving, intended to limit their ability to fraternize with men.

A Saudi woman defiantly drove through the nation's capital while others brazenly cruised by police patrols in the first forays of a campaign that hopes to ignite a road rebellion against the male-only driving rules in the ultraconservative kingdom.

It was a rare grass-roots challenge to the Western-backed Saudi monarchy as it tries to ride out the Arab world's wave of change, and a lesson in how the uprisings are taking root in different ways. In this case, on Friday the driver's seat was turned into a powerful platform for women's rights in a country where wives and daughters have almost no political voice….