Times Are Changing, Even In Saudi Arabia

“The cover of Vogue Arabia’s June issue, featuring a Saudi princess lounging in the driver’s seat of a red convertible, has drawn widespread criticism following a string of arrests of women’s rights activists. The June issue, which claims to be “a celebration of the trailblazing women of Saudi Arabia” features Princess Hayfa bint Abdullah al-Saud, the daughter of the late King, pictured glamorously on the front cover. It was intended to mark the end of a ban on female drivers.”
 
See Vogue Arabia cover featuring Saudi princess sparks backlash
I left Saudi Arabia in 1985… Things were different then. Women didn’t drive, although there was an episode during the Gulf War in which men were in short supply. Today, that’s becoming a reality, and about time. Some of the worst driving I’ve ever seen was in Saudi Arabia. I presume men with their presumption of superiority and lack of caring were responsible. Having some humanity behind the wheel would certainly help.

There are lots of other issues in SA besides driving. When I was there there were separate banks for men and women. My wife could do transactions in a few minutes that took me two visits and a couple of hours to accomplish in the men’s bank… Empowering/enabling/permitting women to do more in SA could be a real shot in the arm for the SA economy, and it’s about time.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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