Saudi Arabia: Women’s protest over driving ban kicks off

I haven’t seen any reports yet of repercussions to this demonstration.  Apparently at a similar event some years ago the women drivers were imprisoned and lost their jobs.  Maybe signs of change but I’m sure it’ll be a long time before there is complete equality of rights.  Even here we struggle.Saudi woman driving

Women At The Wheel

Women at the wheel,
completely surreal.
Driving the car
is a step too far
in Saudi.

Women at the wheel,
here’s the deal –
the mullahs say you can’t
the mullahs say you shan’t
in Saudi.

It’s not against Sharia law
but the mullahs are sure –
give them an inch and they’ll take a mile,
it won’t be long, only a while
before Islamic religion is brought to disgrace
with decadent behaviour all over the place,
taunting and flaunting,
contentious, licentious,
from ‘driving the car’ to ‘cocktail bars’,
corruption, disruption of ancient ways,
Islam itself in complete disarray
when women today have their say
in Saudi.

Women at the wheel,
women who drive
women who strive
who all connive
to be more alive.
Allah forbid, one day in this realm,
women at the helm
in Saudi.

25th October 2013 – headline from the Independent

Notes:  “Saudi Arabia: Women’s protest over driving ban kicks off.”  More than sixty women have got behind the wheel of a car and driven today, Saudi activists have claimed, in a show of defiance against a ban on women driving in the ultraconservative kingdom.  Though no specific Saudi law bans women from driving, women are not issued licences.  Powerful clerics who hold far-reaching influence over the monarchy enforce the ban, warning that breaking it will spread “licentiousness.”

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