Women in Saudi Arabia bravely defied a driving ban on Saturday, as more than 60 women claimed that they drove a vehicle, many of them uploading videos to prove their actions.
The Los Angeles Times reported that even though the protest against the driving ban was on a much smaller scale than originally planned, it is still the year’s biggest action against the ludicrous restrictions. No arrests were made even though authorities had stated they had stepped-up traffic patrols and roadblocks in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia’s ban against female drivers is the only one of its kind in the world. The driving ban forces Saudi Arabian women to fully rely on male relatives or drivers to go anywhere, even to run basic errands. Often women find themselves imprisoned in their own homes. No Saudi law explicitly bans women from driving, but the government refuses to issue driver licenses to women.
Men and women around the world threw their support behind the protest, including a YouTube video entitled “No Woman, No Drive,” set to the tune of the Bob Marley classic. The video mocks many of the reasons Saudi Arabian leaders have given for refusing to let women drive, including a claim by a cleric that driving is detrimental to women’s reproductive health.