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. Jazzzzzzzz

    Wow! Saudi Arabia is such a backwards behind the times nation. Pity.

    June 17, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat2u

    WOMENS LIB – SAUDI STYLE You go girl !!!!!!

    June 17, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. Casey Post

    Lee Anthony recalled his sister saying, “she couldn’t believe it was happening, and it felt kind of surreal to her,” he testified. She said she did nothing to stop her child from being taken, he recounted, because “she was scared and she didn’t know what to do.”

    His sister told him from time to time, Gonzalez would contact her through Casey Anthony’s MySpace page and direct her as to what to do and where to go. She went to the locations, she said, in hopes of seeing or retrieving her daughter but was never successful in finding her.

    Casey Anthony’s account as related by Lee Anthony differed markedly from the one she gave authorities after Caylee was reported missing. She maintained to police she dropped the child off at the nanny’s apartment that morning and never saw her again.

    Authorities were never able to find the nanny. They did find a woman named Zenaida Gonzalez, who denied ever meeting Casey Anthony or Caylee and later sued for defamation.

    “Zanny never materialized?” Baez asked Lee Anthony Thursday. “To this day, no,” he replied.

    Lee Anthony also testified Thursday that he was the one searching the Internet on the Anthony family computer July 15 and 16, 2008. A computer examiner testified Wednesday that no searches for Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez were found on the computer until July 16 — dealing a potential blow to Casey Anthony’s claims to authorities that she was frantically searching for her daughter in the month before her disappearance was reported.

    Computer experts testified Wednesday that in March, someone using the desktop computer, located in the home Casey Anthony shared with her parents, searched for terms including “chloroform,” “inhalation,” “how to make chloroform” and “head injury.”

    The searches were found in a portion of the computer’s hard drive that indicated they had been deleted, Detective Sandra Osborne of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office testified Wednesday.

    However, she told jurors, deleted material remains on a computer’s hard drive and can be retrieved until it is overwritten by new data. It had not been overwritten on the Anthonys’ computer, she said, and “a complete Internet history” was obtained.

    June 17, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Saud Trucker

    Needless to say, we'll be taking the day off.

    June 17, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. Saud Trucker

    In fact, we'll be on strike until monday. That will give the cleanup crews time to clear the wreckage.

    June 17, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Riff*Raff

    We'll see how many women actually have the courage to accept the challenge. Interesting article. Last week women were given the right to sell lingerie by the King. Although, Saudi Arabia does seem to be moving in the right direction, albeit 100 years behind the majority of the world. I'll wait to see what the backlash is for the courageous. I can't imagine this act of rebellion will go smoothly. Time will tell.

    June 17, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Elis-Panama

    I'm gay

    June 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Saud Trucker

    Let's all hope that none of this interferes with the US selling weaponry to Israel's sworn enemies.

    June 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      @ Saud Tucker

      sorry to disappoint you. Saudis on our command, along with Egypt & Jordan are & have been allies of Israel. The weapons they purchase for billions of dollars from us are for defence against Iran ( at the time of Sr.,Bush invasion they did it against Iraq too) & any internal uprising.
      Israel's worst enemies are the current apartheid Zionist regime in power there. They wouldn't let US achieve a lasting peace in the M.East. Vital for both Jews,Arabs and Americans. Ask any self respecting and morally upstanding Jew or academic.
      JStreet, Jewish Voice for Peace, Rabbis of N.America for Peace and many others. Academics and intellectuals like MJ Rosenberg, naom Chomsky, Uri Avnery, george S.Hishmeh and many others.

      June 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Saud Trucker

    It took us like 3 weeks to transport that last shipment of US weapons. Some of the rockets were so long, we had to get special permits to haul them! You would think that Israel would out-bid her enemies who purchase weapons from the US. But they don't!

    June 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. meee

    We should adopt that law cept make it everyday!

    June 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Saud Trucker

    Muslim's are sworn enemies of Jews. Have you never read the Koran? Israeli's are infidels in the eyes of Arabs, Allah's enemies. If you think Arab leaders give a ratz azz about Israel, you are sadly mistaken.

    June 17, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Saud Trucker

    Yes I know there are millions of Arab's living in Israel. But their allegience is to Allah, not Israel.

    June 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 4Peace

    Close mouth, open mind.

    June 17, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cricket



    June 17, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jazzzzzzz

    I'm tired , I wont be posting here any longer... wish I would have never seen this blog. so if you see my name from this point forward it's not me.

    June 17, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
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