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A recent campaign that started on Twitter has now gained 11,000 signatures and women are being asked to defy Saudi law and take to the wheel on 26 October. Despite the law banning women to drive being informal, it is still enforced by the police who can issue fines and arrests.
Campaigns over the law have taken place for decades, however the protest hit headlines when Saudi cleric, Sheikh Luhaidan said driving poses a risk to women’s reproductive health. A conservative who is largely against reform and granting rights to women, the sheik told sabq.org “If a woman drives a car, not out of pure necessity, that could have negative physiological impacts as functional and physiological medical studies show that it automatically affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis upwards.”
Whilst opponents state that reform would go against the country’s traditional code, women are increasingly pointing out the discrepancies of the ban. Many women have to employ a male driver to escort them around, often a man who comes from outside the family.
For the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24323934