Saudi Insurers Soar After Decision to Allow Women to Drive

Saudi Insurers Soar After Decision to Allow Women to Drive

Saudi Insurers Soar After Decision to Allow Women to Drive

In Saudi Arabia, a royal decree was issued on Tuesday, September 26, that will allow women in the country to drive.

The king weighed the negative and positive points of the ban on women driving, the official Saudi Press Agency wrote, while also making sure that any new law was in compliance with Islamic law.

Prince Khalid bin Abdulaziz said of the decision, 'I think our leadership understands our society is ready'. In Saudi Arabia, women were banned from driving, not from buying, cars.

The United States has welcomed Saudi Arabia's announcement that women will be allowed to drive for the first time.

Yesterday, the Saudi Arabian government announced that it would allow women the right to drive from next June. A committee will be formed to look into how to implement the new order, which is slated to take effect in June 2018.

The 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed is set to be the first millennial to occupy the throne in a country where half the population is under 25, although the timing of his ascension remains unknown.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert called the change "a great step in the right direction for that country".

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Uber and the Dubai-founded Careem could all be facing a challenge to the revenues that they generate in the kingdom -much of which comes as a result of women not being allowed to drive.

One Saudi woman tweeted a picture of three women in a convertible going shopping, with the message: "Us soon".

How have Saudi women been punished for driving?

"Women's rights activist Manal al-Shariff (who helped start a women's" right to drive campaign in 2011) posted "the rain starts with a single drop" on Twitter, insinuating that this latest development is only scratching the surface of a colossal problem in Saudi Arabia. "We ask for nothing short of full equality for women". The second caveat is that women may still have to answer to their male guardians, who give them permission for many other activities, like traveling overseas or getting married. Still, lifting the driving ban on women could help the country's global reputation.

"The societal change taking place is massive in Saudi and we've seen sweeping reform measures, but none at that level".

"Preventing a woman from driving a auto is today an issue of rights similar to the one that forbade her from receiving an education or having an independent identity", Alwaleed said.

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