Saudi women get behind the wheel, challenge custom
Women get into the backseat of a vehicle in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh on June 14, 2011.
June 17th, 2011
10:04 AM ET

Saudi women get behind the wheel, challenge custom

Saudi women have been encouraged to challenge the status quo and get behind the wheel Friday.

The initiative is called "Women2Drive," a campaign demanding the right for women to drive and travel freely in Saudi Arabia.

Though there are no traffic laws that make it illegal for women to drive in Saudi Arabia, religious edicts are often interpreted as a ban against female drivers. One female motorist spent more than a week in custody in May, supporters said.

The day was expected to be a test of wills, and authority, between police and the campaign, which has been publicized by Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

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  1. Jazzzzzzz

    All I need is this lamp. OK. Good bye. Oh, and this paddle-ball. That's all I need.

    June 17, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jazzzzzzz

    I mean it. If there are posts after this one they aren't mine. I'm leaving now. OK. I'm gonna go now.

    June 17, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Heck, Brenda FBI Special Agent

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    June 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Not very nice.

    June 17, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brenda Heck

    nGo dback ind yoer pouch dJoey.

    June 17, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anonymous

    Why don't they challenge the tyranny of their religion and put a ban on Islam?

    June 17, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. it will be against nature to flow with freedom.

    Only one thing remains in world and that is love. All other thing culture, tradition, religion, force, rules of society will crumble one day like communist countries of east Europe. This is against nature.
    Because we are made out of love. Our foundation is love. Our destiny is love. Only love exist. Rest will vanish with time.
    Force and laws can not rule long. The basic nature of human being is absolutely free.
    The girls from Saudi will one day drive the car to vote without being escorted. Nobody can stop it.

    June 17, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jazzzzzzzz

    Women are safer drivers than men. Ask any female.

    June 17, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bert

    Not always.

    June 18, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. NOT*again*

    Oh lord...Casey Post is back. I thought you crawled back under the rock you slithered out from. CASEY POST– NOBODY CARES ABOUT YOUR LEGAL ANALYSIS SO STFU!!!!!!!!

    June 18, 2011 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. fernace

    Isn't this where the christian, teabag, far right folk want to take us?!? To the Christian Republic of the United States! It could happen, don't think it couldn't!!

    June 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
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