Women of Saudi Arabia are not allowed to obtain a driver's license, thereby enabling them to operate a motor vehicle. This leads to adverse effects for the women of Saudi Arabia. It effects them economically, socially, and mentally.
Economically it forces women to either pay for a taxi, which can vary in price, or hire a driver through an agency that supplies such services. If the woman must hire a driver, then she must also pay for his boarding and lodging. Whether by a taxi or by hiring a driver, the costs can be extremely cumbersome for the women of Saudi Arabia. In addition, there is no form of public transportation that would offer women of Saudi Arabia a cheaper means to travel.
Socially women are effected by having to be fully-dependent on another person to transport them to places of necessity in order to meet their day-to-day needs such as work, school, doctors appointments, etc. If a woman fails to find or maintain a driver, then she is unable to meet her day to day needs.
Mentally women suffer from feeling as a second-class citizen in their own society; because, they are not afforded the equal opportunity in fulfilling their day-to-day needs. Therefore, not allowing women to drive forces them to suffer economically, socially, and mentally.
We, the undersigned, call on the King of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to allow the women of his country to obtain a motor vehicle license, enabling the women of Saudi Arabia to operate a motor vehicle freely and legally.
The Allow Saudi Women to Drive petition to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia was written by October 26 and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.