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Women driving: reform in KSA? Long, long way to go 19, June 2011

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Saudi Arabia.
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My overriding reaction to these stories of women in Saudi Arabia driving is, well, somewhat dismissive. Yes, I understand that changes can only come incrementally and I realise that this could be a highly symbolic moment.

But, to bring the discussion back to earth with something that, well, matters I note that on Saturday an Indonesian woman in the Kingdom was beheaded for murdering a Saudi woman. Of course, she was a maid. I know basically nothing more about this crime and I’ll keep my own thoughts and prejudices to myself about this incident. But in this light, does it remotely matter if a few women go driving?

I’m wrestling with my own pessimism here, I suppose. Logically evaluating the trajectory of these things and recognising that, as I note, things take time, I suppose that I realise that Saudi just has its own pace. Still, probably wrongly, I just can’t get past their sporadic acts of utter brutality and unfairness and so simply couldn’t give a hoot about some Saudi women driving around.

Update

I’ve just come across another word or two surrounding this executed maid. It seems that she was not allowed or offered consular assistance by the Saudi authorities. In a capital case. Revolting.

The same article notes that in a separate case, the Saudi appeals court overturned  a three year sentence for a Saudi woman accused of torturing her Indonesian maid who was admitted to hospital with broken bones and burns to her head and face.

What can one say to this? It’s all just beyond despicable.

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Female Saudi driver in horror car crash 22, November 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Saudi Arabia.
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A woman in Saudi Arabia who was driving against the law with 10 people in her 4×4 crashed into a barrier killing three of her passengers and injuring them all.

She was driving in the a desert area frequented by Saudis staging races.

This example will now and forever more be held up in the Kingdom as to why women must not be allowed to drive, carefully and judiciously ignoring the fact that Saudi has one of the highest road accident death Saudiand injury rates on earth.

Hat tip: SaQ