"Under the Saudi Arabian male guardianship system, women are vulnerable to a wide range of discrimination in both private and public life and have limited decision-making authority and freedom of movement,” she said.
“Some positive steps towards addressing this have been taken recently. We now urge Saudi authorities to respond to increasing national and international pressure to lift the ‘fatwa’, which effectively prevents women from driving in the kingdom.
“We also support the growing number of brave Saudi women who are claiming the right to drive and wholeheartedly encourage moves towards ending this serious human rights violation". [read more...]