Saudi woman detained for driving
24-May-2011 (one comment)

Woman who mounted internet campaign to get women driving is held for defying Saudi Arabian ban on females driving

A woman in Saudi Arabia was detained after she launched a campaign against the driving ban for women in the Kingdom and posted a video of herself behind the wheel on Facebook and YouTube.

Human rights activist Walid Abou el-Kheir said Manal al-Sherif was detained on Saturday by the country's religious police, who are charged with ensuring the kingdom's rigid interpretation of Islamic teachings are observed.

Al-Sherif was released hours later, according to the campaign's Twitter account. The terms of her release were not immediately clear.

Al-Sherif and a group of other women started a Facebook page called "Teach me how to drive so I can protect myself,'' which urges authorities to lift the driving ban.

She went on a test drive in the eastern city of Khobar and later posted a video of the experience.

"This is a volunteer campaign to help the girls of this country'' learn to drive, al-Sherif says in the video.

"At least for times of emergency, God forbid. What if whoever is driving them gets a heart attack?''

'Mass drive'

The campaigners have focused on the importance of women driving in times of emergencies and in the case of low-income families.

Al-Sherif said unlike the traditional argument in Saudi Arabia that driving exposes women to s... >>>

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Iran 2050

These IRI-supporting tactics wont work

by Iran 2050 on

I think picking on S Arabia, which IRI has been destabilize since day 1 along with all of our other neighbors, and not talking about the catastrophic situation for women in Iran, which in many cases is far worse than S Arabia, is a form of support for the IRI regime.

IRI propaganda machine does the same exact think. I think we are, as people, mature enough to notice these tactics. It won’t work anymore.