Stop the debate! Time for women to drive… The words of Saudi Arabian prince, Alwaleed bin Talal, the 41st richest man in the world.
The 61-year old prince is described as a longtime advocate of women’s rights in the conservative Islamic kingdom. Saudi Arabia is not one of those countries that see women as equal to men.
It is the only country in the world that restricts women from driving their own cars.
Activists who have dared protest against the law over time were penalized. Some were arrested and their passports confiscated.
It is indeed remarkable that a Saudi prince could see reason with these past activists. He has challenged the law saying, “It is high time that Saudi women started driving their cars.”
The prince took to his Twitter account to urge the government to lift the ban on women and allow them drive their own cars.
Later he made 4-paged statement elaborating the need to let women drive. He said the ban on women not to drive was taking a toll on the national economy. The billionaire equally listed potential benefits for the country if women are allowed to drive.
He mentioned that the ban was unjust to the women. He noted that it was rather unfair that the woman has to go the extra mile of employing the expensive services of chaffeurs to drive cars they bought for themselves.
Alwaleed bin Talal said:
“Preventing a woman from driving a car is today an issue of rights similar to the one that forbade her from receiving an education or having an independent identity,”
“They are all unjust acts by a traditional society, far more restrictive than what is lawfully allowed by the precepts of religion.”