Saudi Arabia News
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s billionaire prince has called for an “urgent”
end to his country’s ban on women driving (Saudi Arabia News).
“Stop the debate: Time for women to drive,” Prince Alwaleed bin Talal
said on his official Twitter account, @Alwaleed_Talal.
In conjunction with his short tweet, Alwaleed’s office issued statement
Tuesday outlining his reasons for supporting an end to the ban.
“Preventing a woman from driving a car is today an issue of rights similar
to the one that forbade her from receiving an education or having an independent
identity,” Alwaleed said in the statement.
“They are all unjust acts by a traditional society, far more restrictive than what is
lawfully allowed by the precepts of religion.”
He also detailed the “economic costs” caused by women having to rely on “foreign”
private drivers or taxis. Even if their husbands can take time out to transport them,
that requires temporarily leaving the office and “undermines the productivity
of the workforce,” he said.
“Having women drive has become an urgent social demand predicated upon current
economic circumstances,” he added.