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Historic Decision, Now Saudi Arabia To Allow Women To Drive, Donald Trump Praised It.

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Historic Decision, Now Saudi Arabia To Allow Women To Drive, Donald Trump Praised It.

Historic Decision, Now Saudi Arabia To Allow Women To Drive, Donald Trump Praised It.

A historic decision makes by Saudi Arabia on Tuesday that from now women are also allowed to drive. It was the only country in the world to restrict women from driving. For years, the ultra-conservative kingdom had attracted negative publicity globally for restricted women who disobey the ban.

State TV reports and State-run Saudi Press Agency announced that a royal order was issued for both men and women to be issued drivers’ licenses. The new committee will be formed to apply the new laws.

Since the 1990s, women’s rights activists have been pushing for the right to drive, arguing that it reflects their larger struggle for equality under the rule of law.

In fact, Aziza Youssef, who is a professor at King Saud University and one of Saudi Arabia’s most vocal women’s rights activists, welcome the decision as a “great first step”. She said she was “really excited” about Tuesday’s announcement, calling it a “good step forward for women’s rights” in a statement to AP.

Aziza Youssef also told that the news agency that women will continue to push for an end to male guardianship laws that still remain in place, which gives male relatives the final say on issues like the right of women to travel abroad, obtain a passport and marry.

Prince Khaled bin Salman who is the new Saudi ambassador to Washington Prince commended the move as a “huge step forward” for his country.

He said that it was the right time for Saudi Arabia to do the right thing, adding that the government in Saudi Arabia views women driving as a social issue, not a religious or cultural issue. He also clarified that now women won’t need permission legally from a male guardian to get a driver’s license and won’t need a guardian in the vehicle with them to drive. He further added that Saudi Arabia will recognize driver’s licenses issued to women in other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

President Trump praised Saudi Arabia’s historic decision to allow women to drive. White House press secretary’s office says Donald Trump observed the change as “a positive step toward promoting the rights and opportunities of women in Saudi Arabia”.

Saudi Arabia’s latest move comes as the ultra-conservative kingdom works to improve its perception of its human rights record in the United States and the West.