Saudi women’s activist defies driving ban

Wajeha Al-Huwaider, a women’s rights activist in Saudi Arabia marked International Women’s Day this past weekend by defying the ban on women driving. Bad. Ass.

Sorry I couldn’t find a video with English subtitles, but there is some translation of what she’s saying here.

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  1. Posted March 12, 2008 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Hi from Korea. It’s Justin.
    So, I had bought FFF about a year ago, and read half and then lost it within my dad’s messy place. I almost bought another, but then I found it and brought it with me for my 15 hour (ahhhh) flight. And I finished it on the plane. (Great, by the way, but you knew that).
    Anyway, we had orientation for a week, where we met about 200 teachers before we were sent off around the country. And one of those days, we went to a Korean folk village etc etc and we were looking at some exhibit, and some young fellow teacher mentioned hating the patriarchy. So of course I had to say hi.
    Anyway, Ellen, which is her name, is a very cool young woman (well, she’s older than I am, but she’s not old) is working about an hour from me, and instead of teaching low-level students basic conversational English (like me and most people here), she’s actually teaching fluent kids ethics, and history, and, yes, gender studies.
    Semi-long story semi-short, she had seen my copy of your book during orientation and read the beginning, which she liked (I was going to let her have it since I was done, but, miscommunication), and now that she realizes she has to teach gender studies, she’s asked to borrow my copy to use as a discussion point.
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    Thought you should know.
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  2. Destra
    Posted March 12, 2008 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    She’s not actually defying the ban if she has a license to drive in rural parts of the country. That’s a bit misleading for the headline.
    A link to the video with dubbing:
    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2008/03/10/nasr.saudi.women.drivers.cnn?iref=videosearch

  3. Posted March 12, 2008 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think they’re technically allowed to drive anywhere in Saudi, you can just get away with it in the rural areas.

  4. Benquo
    Posted March 15, 2008 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    Great! I hope we see lots more like her, and soon.

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