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Saudi Women, Shifting Gear, Sue for Right to Drive

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RIYADH—A court in Saudi Arabia agreed to hear the first lawsuits by Saudi women challenging the kingdom’s de facto ban on women driving, a lawyer for one of the women said.

The legal push is a shift by activists after years of simply appealing to Saudi leaders for permission to drive and, more rarely, taking to the roads in small numbers to test enforcement.

Since mid-2011, the limited push to win women the right to drive has been one of the few fronts in a country largely bypassed by the Arab Spring activist movements of the past year.

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Posted by on February 6, 2012. Filed under Women Rights. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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