There is an effort being planned for October 26th to lift Saudi Arabia's ban against female drivers. In anticipation of this, several women are taking to the streets, and they are gaining support from countries across the world.
Authorities give the reason that driving can cause damage to ovaries, so it is not safe for women to drive. However, Saudi women are taking the initiative to prove them wrong.
Eman al-Nafjan is a very popular blogger from Saudi Arabia. She has been calling on women to film themselves driving, and helping them record the videos. However, despite the vastness of this campaign, she was detained on Thursday after a woman she was with was caught driving. She claims that one of her live tweets tipped police off about their where-abouts.
Some of her videos show women driving through the streets for several hours, and male drivers waving to them in support or giving them the thumbs up. al-Nafjan also thinks that though she was detained in one instance, the lack of reaction from police in other cases demonstrates that even officials think it's time for a change.
However, these Tweets also inspired global support. Twitter has been a big venue for Saudi Woman Drivers - with hastags floating around like #oct26driving and #women2drive. You can follow Eman al-Nafjan here on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Saudiwoman
They have even chosen an official song for their campaign (Team by Lorde.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9Dbam4l-kY Complete with a homemade music video.
You can watch her YouTube video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b70qzib8_AI#t=42
For more social media reactions to this effort, check out this article: http://www.buzzfeed.com/sheerafrenkel/support-pours-in-for-saudi-women-poised-to-break-driving-ban