[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here. Or by Twitter @AaronWorthing.]
Update: This article says it is only 40 women. Here’s hoping it grows.
Today we have been seeing a protest in Saudi Arabia. As you might know, women are not allowed to drive here, so a number of women have chosen today to protest it by defying the ban. One thing that is unclear is just how many women are participating, but I am going to be optimistic about this.
From the BBC:
The direct action has been organised on social network sites, where women have been posting images and videos of themselves behind the wheel.
The Women2Drive Facebook page said the direct action would continue until a royal decree reversed the ban.
Last month, a woman was arrested after uploading a video of herself driving.
Manal al-Sherif was accused of “besmirching the kingdom’s reputation abroad and stirring up public opinion”, but was released after 10 days having promised not to drive again.
Campaigners have not called for a mass protest – which would be illegal – but have asked women who have foreign driving licences to drive themselves as they go about their daily life.
“All that we need is to run our errands without depending on drivers,” said one woman in the first film posted in the early hours of Friday morning.
The film showed the unnamed woman talking as she drove to a supermarket and parking.
“It is not out of love for driving or traffic or the experience. All this is about is that if I wanted to go to work, I can go. If I needed something I can go and get it.
“I think that society is ready to welcome us.”
And let me also recommend following Ahmed al Omran on twitter, at least for today, because he seems to be covering this well in that feed.
Let’s hope this protest is successful.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]