Succession and Women’s Driving

I don’t know why, but apparently we get a lot of our important decisions made during the last ten days of Ramadhan. Last year it was the new succession law, and this year we got the judiciary reform as well as the fine details of the aforementioned succession law. I guess our government is always inspired by the spirituality of those holy days.

Speaking of the government, I wonder how/if they are going to react to what Fawzia Al-Oyouni, a founding member of the Society for Protecting and Defending Women’s Rights, told Arab New today. She said they are planning to take field trips in markets, shopping malls and hospitals in order to educate as many women as possible and to spread awareness on women’s driving.

Working on the ground, like dating, is a risky business in Saudi Arabia. The public spaces Al-Oyouni talks about, such as markets and malls, are to a degree or another controlled by the infamous religious police. I can’t imagine they would allow anyone else to use these spaces for a cause that they have no sympathy with.

The King has always pledged his commitment to reform. He wants to make sure that his efforts in changing this country would last and the gains won’t be lost soon, and that the changes he is implementing for the good of the nation are solid and permanent. This is an issue where that commitment can be shown again.

6 thoughts on “Succession and Women’s Driving

  1. I thought you would say that we do not need an offal creature called succession defined and tailored by bin Saud themselves to fit their own needs only, neglecting that there are people living on this land those people have the right to vote for what they think is good for the country.

    I say let us work on throwing bin Saud forever instead of keeping talking behind walls and behind our screens like cowards.

  2. Ahmed: I think these women are smart enough to stay on the right side of the law when it comes to the mutawwa’in. As far as their cause goes, I think they have the tacit–if not explicit–support of King Abdullah who is on record saying this is a social issue to be resolved by society. If the women are working within legal parameters (and I’ve no reason to think otherwise), the religious police are going to be left without a leg to stand on. Other than mere coercion, of course.

  3. To: coward,
    attention: Ahmed

    I do not know what stupid country you are from, but Iam sure the education there is so primitive that an idiot scum bag like you is the result of such catastrophe!

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