Women2Drive

By Michelle Burke

Each day, faculty and students commute to Lasell. Abut half of these commuters are women. Imagine if they were banned from driving. Professors and students would rely on others to get them where they needed to go. The idea of women not being able to drive is outrageous in the United States, but a harsh reality to all women in Saudi Arabia.

With the new use of technology, the women in Saudi Arabia have proved that social media can become an effective and valuable tool to raise awareness of certain situations. By using these tools Saudi Arabian women formed the “Women2Drive” Movement. Women of the country were asked to drive their own cars on June 17, 2011, and continue to do so if they desired. The ladies uploaded pictures, videos, and comments on group pages to show their involvement in rebellion against the country’s unjust and sexist law.

Recently, one woman was subject to 10 lashings (which was appealed this past Wednesday), due to her decision to break the law and drive. The country’s women cannot understand why they have the right to vote, but are still not completely equal to men when it comes to driving; a right of passage women in America take for granted.  The petition to change the law has been presented to the King of Saudi Arabia with more than 8,000 signatures, but is still a work in progress.

Follow the progress in the “Women2Drive” Movement on Twitter: #women2drive, #Right2Dignity 

 

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