Saudi Arabian activists push for women’s right to drive
- Year: 2011
- Length: 7:23 minutes (6.76 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
An online campaign by Saudi activists to overturn their country’s ban on women driving is gathering momentum and now has more than 80,000 online members. The campaign is calling on Saudi women to defy the ban and begin driving openly next week on June 17th and, in an open letter calls on US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to make a public statement supporting Saudi women’s right to drive. In May, one of the group’s most high profile activists, Manal al Sharrif was arrested and jailed by the Saudi regime for posting a YouTube video of herself driving. She was released last week. For more we turn again to Madawi Al-Rasheed, a Professor in the Department of Theology at the University of London, for this, the second part of our interview I started by asking her, how did this campaign for driving rights start?