Female Report!

A platform for voices supporting women's rights

News: Driving risks damage to women’s ovaries, says Saudi cleric (BBC)

saudiAmidst mounting demands by activists for women to be permitted to drive in Saudi Arabia, a Saudi cleric has stated that driving can risk damage to women’s ovaries.

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



2 comments on “News: Driving risks damage to women’s ovaries, says Saudi cleric (BBC)

  1. Pingback: Yoh! WTF? Saudi cleric says driving risks damaging women’s ovaries – BBC News | Yoh! WTF?

  2. Pingback: Driving risks damaging women’s ovaries | life & health

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Blog Stats

  • 30,403 hits

Enter your email address to follow Female Report! and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Most recent reports

%d bloggers like this: